U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) was one of the 26 lawmakers who participated in Thursday's conference call with several senior administration officials to discuss a possibility of military action in Syria.
Chambliss, who is a vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was part of the 90-minute conversation with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnefeld.
After the conference call, the lawmakers said the Obama Administration has no doubts that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons.
The Georgia senator appears to support military action in the region, according to a statement he released on Wednesday.
“Based on available intelligence, there can be no doubt the Assad regime is responsible for using chemical weapons on the Syrian people," said Chambliss. "It is time for the United States to act in a serious way, and send a clear message to Assad and his allies that the world will not tolerate chemical or biological attacks. Continuing to do nothing is not an option. Short of putting troops on the ground, I believe a meaningful military response is appropriate.”
If U.S. decides to take action in Syria, it may have to do it alone without participation from its international allies. On Thursday evening, the British parliament decided against Syrian involvement, after a heated debate and a close vote of 285 to 272.