(CNN) - The situation in Syria would break the heart of anyone who has one. That is why progressives desperately want peace in Syria, an end to the chemical weapons attacks and aid for the millions of refugees. Additionally, most of us support President Barack Obama and want him to have a successful presidency.
But we must be consistent. We have a worldview that requires the right thing to be done - in the right way. That is why those of us who opposed President George W. Bush's war in Iraq have no choice but to oppose Obama's proposed attack on the Syrian regime.
(CNN) -- Facing weak support for U.S. military action, President Barack Obama said that a plan suggested by Russia to have Syria hand over its chemical arsenal to international control could avert American strikes "if it's real."
Syria's prime minister said Damascus supports the Russian initiative. Will Moscow's proposal delay an Obama strike? And how can Obama sway Americans to support military action? Obama's remarks in his televised address to the nation at 9 p.m. Tuesday will be crucial.
Regardless of how we got here, failure to authorize military force against Assad now will have far-reaching and profoundly harmful consequences for American national security.This is no longer just about the conflict in Syria or even the Middle East. It is about American credibility. Are we a country that our friends can trust and our enemies fear? Or are we perceived as a divided and dysfunctional superpower in retreat, whose words and warnings are no longer meaningful?-Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyl, former US Senators
If the President had chosen to intervene when the civil war started, as I had supported, we would have had an opportunity to equip and support the pro-Democracy forces who would have given the country the best chance for stability.But the president did nothing, and now we pay the price. We have a very different situation today as al Qaeda has emerged as the dominant rebel force and the Syrian regime is in a much stronger position because of its support from Iran and Hezbollah.-Rick Santorum, former US Senator and presidential candidate