By Kyle Balluck - 09/15/13 05:13 PM EDT
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Sunday called on U.S. officials to pursue Syrian President Bashar Assad for war crimes.
“I also hope that we will pursue Assad for war crimes,” Menendez said.
Menendez called the agreement, announced by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a “diplomatic breakthrough that is full of opportunity and fraught with danger.”
Menendez said administration officials may achieve more than they envisioned through a use of force, with Assad closing “these factories of death.”
If unsuccessful, officials risk winding up “back where we started,” while giving Assad more time on the battlefield, Menendez said.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who’s been opposed military force in Syria, said on the same show that the agreement favors the Syrian dictator.
“I think Assad’s a lot stronger today than he was two weeks ago,” Blunt said.