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Sen. Udall: U.S. Has Not Exhausted All Solutions for Syria

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Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 11:08 AM

By Greg Richter

One unconvinced member of the President Barack Obama's own party says he is "very disappointed" that the White House has given up on rallying the world against the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons on its own people.

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, said the United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic alternatives.

"We ought to be rallying the world because all the world agrees … you shouldn't use chemical weapons," Udall said. "And make sure that Russia knows that they're complicit in this. This is what we need to be doing."

Russia, a longtime ally of Syria, along with China, is expected to use its veto power against any U.N. Security Council resolution against Syria.

"You know, everybody says, well, Russia's going to veto it. They keep saying they haven't seen the intelligence," Udall said. "We ought to show them the intelligence."

Udall said he doesn't believe that United States is guilty of inaction if it doesn't launch a missile attack like Obama wants. America is already doing more than any other country in the region, he said, by providing defenses to allies and rallying the world to provide humanitarian aid.

"But the key question right now is how are we going to be effective in the future?" he said. "I don't think a couple of Tomahawk missiles delivered in on top of the Syrian military are going to do that."

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