Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday questioned U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying that although he has closely followed the discussion in Washington this week, it is still unclear to him exactly what the strike would accomplish.
O'Malley, who is considering a bid for president in 2016, said he has discussed the possibility of a strike with Maryland Democratic Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John P. Sarbanes, who appeared alongside the governor at an unrelated event in Baltimore.
"I think all of us need a clear understanding of what it is exactly this mission would hope to accomplish - and why should we believe that the sort of strike being advocated would accomplish it," O'Malley said. "That's what I'm, along with other Americans, hoping to better understand in the course of this congressional debate."
President Barack Obama sought congressional blessing for a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The U.S. and other governments accused the regime of killing hundreds of Syrian civilians in a chemical attack outside Damascus last month, part of the country's ongoing civil war.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10 to 7 Wednesday to approve a more limited attack than Obama proposed on Saturday. The vote paves the way for broader congressional debate.