Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who sits on both the Intelligence and Armed Services committees, voiced the sentiments of lawmakers in both houses when he said "a diplomatic solution to eliminate (Assad's) chemical weapons capabilities is preferable to a military one." King said he was encouraged by the development and looked forward to the process moving ahead.
McCain and Graham argued anew for more robust assistance from the Obama administration to opposition forces that have been fighting for more than two years to topple Assad. They said the deal doesn't do anything to solve a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people and turned millions of Syrians into refugees.
"Is the message of this agreement that Assad is now our negotiating partner, and that he can go on slaughtering innocent civilians and destabilizing the Middle East using every tool of warfare, so long as he does not use chemical weapons?" they said. "That is morally and strategically indefensible."
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