Scretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took the administration’s case for action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Senate yesterday, fielding difficult questions from lawmakers who were openly skeptical about the effectiveness of a cruise missile attack.
At the conclusion of the marathon session, which lasted well into the evening, Senate Foreign Relations committee members forged a deal that would set a 60-day deadline for U.S. military action in Syria, with one 30-day extension possible, according to a draft of the resolution.
Gordon Adams, a defense budget expert and professor at American University, said the cruise missile strike reportedly being considered would be relatively cheap by military standards.
“The kind of strike they’re talking about would only cost about $100 million,” he said Monday. “It could creep up a bit higher depending on how many missiles they use, but it wouldn’t be enormous.”
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