Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Wednesday told NBC News that he doesn't support Senate language authorizing President Obama's desired military intervention in Syria because it is too limited.
"In its current form, I do not" support the new draft of the resolution, McCain said. That draft was released late Tuesday; it prohibits combat operations on the ground and limits Obama to a 90-day window in which he could use use force against the Syrian regime.
McCain said the resolution doesn't mention his top policy priorities in Syria.
"There's no reference to changing the momentum on the battlefield, there's no reference to arming the Free Syrian Army," he said, referencing a Syrian rebel group with which he's worked.
Losing support from McCain would be a blow to the White House -- the administration had worked hard to woo him and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Both fall on the hawkish side of the Republican Party spectrum, favoring stronger intervention in Syria than just limited strikes.
But the new resolution was drafted in part to assuage concerns from other members who were worried about authorizing a potentially unlimited war in Syria.
Foreign Relations Committee senators are planning to meet later today to discuss the resolution and possibly vote on it.
Only on Monday, McCain cautioned following a meeting at the White House that "a vote against that resolution by Congress, I think, would be catastrophic because it would undermine the credibility of the United States and of the president."
First published September 4 2013, 7:12 AM