Sens. McCain and Graham say U.S. must be realistic about Syria proposal

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that the U.S. must be realistic about the proposed plan for Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

McCain and Graham made the remarks in a joint statement released on Monday. The senators said the only credible way for President Barack Obama's Administration to test the proposal is to introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution.

"All of us need to be realistic about this situation," McCain and Graham said. "We should not trust, and we must verify. The only credible way for the Obama administration to test this proposal is to immediately introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution that spells out in clear, detailed terms exactly what the international community should expect of the Assad regime if it is serious about abandoning its weapons of mass destruction."

McCain and Graham said such a resolution would have to include requirements for intrusive inspections, international access to each site, guarantees for secure freedom of movement by international inspectors, steps by Assad to start transferring the weapons to international custody and consequences if obligations are not met. The senators said the resolution must be firmly presented with no alternative.

"Most importantly, this resolution must be presented as a take-it-or-leave-it offer and agreed to within a week at the Security Council, or else we run the risk that Russia and Syria will use this gambit as a way to play for time and continue the massacre of innocent men, women and children in Syria," McCain and Graham said.