Chambliss highlights need for U.S. action in Syria

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said on Thursday that the U.N. Security Council and the U.S. must take action in Syria to stop innocent people from being killed.

Chambliss, the vice-chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned two high-ranking U.S. military officials on the situation in Syria and the international and U.S. response on the matter.

"There has been virtually uncontrolled slaughter going on inside of Syria," Chambliss said. "Even the president's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday in her hearing that 'the failure of the U.N. Security Council to respond to the slaughter in Syria is a disgrace that history will judge harshly.' I agree with that. But it's also true the United States has sat by and watched what's happening over there.

Chambliss, also a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned General Martin Dempsey, the nominee for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Admiral James Winnefeld, the nominee for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asking what the nominees will do to change the situation in Syria.

"Here is my dilemma, General," Chambliss said. "You are the top military adviser to the president. Syria is the most significant internal military conflict going on today. It has the capability of providing future unrest to that part of the world that may be permanent. There's been no change in U.S. policy from a military standpoint in Syria during your two years. Now, if we confirm you for another two years, then is there going to be a change in policy in Syria over the next two years? Or are we just going to keep doing what we're doing, which is watching innocent people slaughtered?"

Chambliss highlighted the need for action in Syria, not just to prevent the deaths of innocent Syrians, but also to make sure the conflict does not spill over into other countries in the region.