Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no appetite in Congress for U.S. military or humanitarian intervention in Syria, where the country’s cabinet resigned Tuesday amid increasingly public discontent over the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad.
“I don’t hear anybody calling for that,” the Kentucky Republican told a gathering of reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“We obviously feel badly for the Syrian people that they’ve been subjected to this kind of regime for all of these years, 40 or 50 years. But with so much tumult all throughout the Middle East, we don’t — I don’t think we have a single policy that fits neatly every single country. They’re all different.”
Regarding President Obama’s Monday night speech on the United States’ military presence in Libya, where rebel forces are fighting to topple dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Mr. McConnell said the president’s remarks “were a step in the right direction” but “didn’t answer every question.”
Mr. McConnell said Obama failed to explain what is the “desired outcome” of the mission in Libya. “If our policy isn’t regime change, what is our policy?”
Mr. McConnell said he will broach the subject during a classified briefing between senators and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, scheduled for Wednesday.