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During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said he has reservations about further U.S. intervention in Syria and asked tough questions about whether the administration’s planned bombing campaign would further pull the United States into the Syrian civil war.
“We’re being told we’re bombing in order to send a message, but what message are we sending?” Udall said during the hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“To the international community, we’re saying once again, the United States will be the world’s policeman. You break a law, and the United States will step in. We are on shaky international legal foundations with this potential strike,” Udall continued. “And we need to know whether we exhausted all diplomatic and economic sanction options to affect Syria’s behavior.”
Among the steps Udall would like to see the United States take is to push Russia and China to stop supporting Assad’s regime. “I don’t believe we should have given up so easily,” Udall said in one exchange with Kerry during the hearing. “We haven’t taken Russia to task.”
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