Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Thursday that Congress cannot let Syrian President Bashar Assad get away with using chemical weapons against his people because it violates international agreements that the United States has embraced.
But Mr. Chambliss, Georgia Republican, said it is clear, after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s 10-7 vote on a resolution authorizing limited strikes, that it will be a heavy lift to get lawmakers to sign off on the proposal.
“It should be very obvious to everyone that weapons were used and they were ordered to be use by Assad, but the fact that we now had a close vote in the committee — it passed by only three votes — indicates to me that it is going to be a close vote in the Senate,” Mr. Chambliss said on “Fox & Friends.”
Mr. Chambliss, who announced earlier this year that he is leaving the Senate after the end of his term in 2014, also criticized President Obama for saying in 2012 that the use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” that would change “my calculus.”
“The president gets lost when he doesn’t have a teleprompter in front of him, which he obviously didn’t last year,” Mr. Chambliss said.
Mr. Chambliss is serving his second term in the Senate. Before that, he served in the House from 1995 to 2003.