U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Saturday that he supports military action against Syria.
"If we fail to take strong action again Syria for this horrendous
attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and
North Korea that they are accountable to no one," Isakson said in a Saturday-afternoon news release.
Georgia's junior U.S. senator said the president was right to ask for approval for Congress for military action.
But, he added, "I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9."
The senior senator, Saxby Chambliss, also said it's time to act. He chided the president more strongly for not moving faster: "He should have already presented Congress with a strategy and objectives for military action.
Both senators are Republicans.
ATLANTA, GA -- U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement Saturday in response to the president announcing he will ask Congress for authorization to use military action against Syria for the Aug. 21, 2013, chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of citizens. Congress is scheduled to be in session in Washington on Sept. 9, and the president is not asking Congress to come back earlier to debate this issue.
"It is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress, although I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9. I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action again Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and North Korea that they are accountable to no one.
"I believe the evidence is clear that the president's red-line was crossed long ago, and the United States must respond. However, while I appreciate the president seeking congressional approval, he should have already presented Congress with a strategy and objectives for military action, including what impact this will have on our allies and enemies alike in the region. Leadership is about reacting to a crisis, and quickly making the hard and tough decisions. The president should have demanded Congress return immediately and debate this most serious issue."