- Associated Press - Thursday, February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain on Thursday said the United States should find ways to help the Syrian people under siege from President Bashar Assad, without putting American “boots on the ground.”

Mr. McCain told “CBS This Morning” there are several options available, ranging from medical care and technical assistance to safe havens for refugees of the violence.

Washington, Mr. McCain said, “should play a very important role, along with other nations.” The Syrian government is killing its own people, he said, and it’s an international outrage.

Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said he wouldn’t send NATO troops into Syria, but said that “it’s time we acted on behalf of the people who are being slaughtered.”

Mr. McCain, who lost the presidential election to Barack Obama four years ago, is the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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