U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the situation in Syria:
"It is imperative in light of the most recent wave of violence in Syria that the United States begin to lead the international community to resolve the conflict. We need to form a coalition to help arm the rebels, as well as create no-fly and no-drive zones to stop the slaughter by the Assad regime. I cannot say with certainty what will follow Assad but I can say with certainty that Assad must go, sooner rather than later.
"If America is seen as being helpful in ending the slaughter of the Syrian people, it will allow us to have a stronger, future relationship with Assad's eventual successor. Replacing Assad in Syria is critical to regional stability, a major blow to the Iranian regime and will bolster our national security interests.
"The Obama Administration, and the world at large, is fiddling while Syria burns. I hope we don't end up regretting our inaction."