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Key Israel lobby senator calls for US military strikes on Syria

Press TV – July 11, 2013

A prominent U.S. senator has called on the administration of President Barack Obama to attack Syrian “airfields, airplanes and massed artillery.”

The influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-Mich.) who has returned from a fact-finding trip to the Middle East, also expressed support for arming the militant groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“Increased military pressure on Assad is the only way to achieve a negotiated settlement in Syria, which in turn is needed to restore stability to a region that certainly doesn’t need any more instability,” Levin said Wednesday during a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Levin conceded that the U.S. public opposes an increased involvement in the Syrian conflict and that there is “no consensus” on the issue on Capitol Hill.

Senator Levin and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) spent five days in Jordan and Turkey, talking to government officials as well as U.S. diplomatic and military personnel about the conflict in Syria.

The two senators also met with militant leaders including Salim Idriss, the leader of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), and visited refugee camps along the Syrian border.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, Levin and King said the U.S. and its allies should arm and train the militants and consider “options for limited, targeted strikes at airplanes, helicopters, missiles, tanks and artillery.”

However they said they were not calling for American troops on the ground in Syria.

The senators noted that “doing nothing may be the worst option of all,” potentially destabilizing U.S. allies in the region, including Turkey and Jordan, and threatening Israeli interests.

In a letter last month, Sen. Levin, Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey called on President Obama to take “more decisive military actions” against Syria.

A recent opinion poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that the majority of Americans, 70 percent, are against U.S. involvement in Syria’s unrest.

July 11, 2013 - Posted by | Wars for Israel | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. A Nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. We all know Levin is a hard working Senator but for who is he working for?

    Comment by B.Benhamid | July 11, 2013 | Reply

  2. Sen. Combover Carl needs to STFU and stay out of Syria’s civil war. If the smarmy and whining Zionist wants to war on Syria, he can grab a rifle, don a parachute, clamber his old arse onto a transport, and head for the border. I’d be happy to phone the Syrians and inform them that Combover is on his way. Of course the news of Combover’s pending “assault” on Syria will leave the Syrians shaking in their boots. For sure it will…

    Comment by skulzstudios | July 11, 2013 | Reply

  3. It is good to see that there are some people that are awake anyway. The world is truly sick. And we can see it. And the comment I really wanted to make, regarding what the american joker says: how can they lie so much? Where is the conciense? Who are these ‘people’? What are they, and what is truly wrong with them?

    Comment by S E W | July 11, 2013 | Reply


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