Note below from FNC Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Inhofe says he disagrees with McCain and Graham
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
From Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee…
“Today my colleague Senator John McCain said after a visit to the White House that to reject military force in Syria would be ‘catastrophic’. I often disagree with Sens. McCain and Graham, and this is one example. What is truly catastrophic is the damage this President has done to disarm America. President Assad didn’t kill 100,000 of his people just a few weeks ago. He has been a murderer for years. The President has known about this and by ignoring the situation, he in effect condoned what Assad has been doing not just with chemical warfare but also with conventional weapons. All the while, we have Iran that is on its way to having a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States by 2015 while North Korea grows its own nuclear arsenal.
“I continue to oppose military action in Syria because I am deeply concerned about the state of our military. The President has known about these grave national security threats for several years, yet our military — under his leadership — has experienced an unprecedented deterioration of readiness and capabilities. Let us not forget the words Gen. Dempsey spoke when he testified before Congress earlier this year about the President’s sequestration. He said that our military is being put on a path where the ‘force is so degraded and so unready’ that it would be ‘immoral to use the force.’ The catastrophe is already before us. The President can’t guarantee that military intervention in Syria will be brief or even reduce the violence, but he has to make that promise because our forces under President Obama could not sustain another war. If Assad attacks his neighbors, our military — already stretched thin due to underfunding — could reach the breaking point. When Congress returns, I encourage the President to swiftly put forward a long-term strategy for the region and the budget to back it for the sake of our men and women in uniform who will be the ones to make the greatest sacrifices in this effort.”
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill