armed service leaders

The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees aren’t yet endorsing a U.S. military strike in Syria after President Obama said Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization.

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in a statement authorizing the use of force “should be contingent on the president setting clear military objectives that can meet articulated policy goals, including degrading any party’s ability to use these weapons again.”

“The coming days will determine if such a military operation can be identified,” McKeon said. “I look forward to the debate.”

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said that the president “made a strong case” on Saturday. But he also suggested it was important that Obama seek support from other countries, including Arab nations, something that has not yet materialized.