Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus on Saturday called on Congress to back President Barack Obama on Syria, saying that military action against President Bashar Assad is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.”
“Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus, who served as CIA director under Obama, told Politico
in a statement.
Petraeus' support follows endorsements of Obama’s resolution for limited strikes against Assad by Hillary Clinton, his first secretary of state, and by Robert Gates, his first secretary of defense, who also served President George W. Bush.
In his four-sentence statement to Politico, Petraeus said: “I strongly support congressional approval of President Obama’s request for authority to undertake military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
"Such action is necessary in order to deter future use of chemical weapons in Syria and to degrade the regime’s overall military capabilities.
“Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world," the statement continued.
"Military action against the Syrian regime is, thus, necessary not just to deter future use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere, but also to ensure that Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors never underestimate the United States’ resolve to take necessary military action when other tools prove insufficient.”
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