Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. said the time has come for military action against Syria, calling for the U.S. to lead an international airstrike on the country.
"The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad's forces," McCain said during remarks on the Senate floor Monday.
"To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country," he said.
McCain's request was born out of frustration with the Syrian government's brutal crackdown on the anti-government uprising, an offensive he said includes war crimes.
Roughly 10,000 Syrians are now in Lebanon seeking refuge from the violence. The United Nations estimates over 7,500 people have been killed since the uprising began last year.
"These people are our allies. They want many of the same things we do," McCain said. "The Syrian people deserve to succeed, and shame on us if we fail to help them."