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      McCain Does Not Support Senate Resolution on Syria

      Senator McCain says he does not support the latest Senate resolution on military force against Syria "in its current form."
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 9/4/2013, 8:03 PM

      McCain talks to the media after meeting Obama
      McCain talks to the media after meeting Obama
      Reuters

      Senator John McCain said on Wednesday he does not support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria.

      McCain threatened earlier this week to vote against a White House draft resolution unless President Barack Obama promised greater support to Syria's rebels.

      On Monday he seemed to have a change of heart when he expressed support for a strike in Syria after meeting Obama at the White House.

      "If the Congress were to reject a resolution like this after the president of the United States has already committed to action, the consequences would be catastrophic," McCain told reporters after meeting Obama.

      Now, however, McCain opposes a resolution put together by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. The resolution, which was agreed upon Tuesday evening, sets a 60-day limit on military action in Syria, with a possibility for a single 30-day extension subject to conditions.

      Asked if he supported the resolution, McCain told reporters, "In its current form, I do not."

      "There are a number of people who are unhappy," he added.

      A vote on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s draft was expected on Wednesday, but may now be postponed due to the opposition.

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)