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WASHINGTON - Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the statement below, regarding the situation in Syria

"If the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on the Syrian people, this is an astounding violation of human rights.

"I trust and agree with President Obama that the use of chemical munitions or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists would be a red line for his Administration, and with it the civilized world. As the Commander-in-Chief, there is a national security imperative here. As the leader of the free world, there is a deep moral imperative as well. Instead, it appears that the President is outsourcing our national security analysis to the United Nations.

"I do question the utility of red lines if they lack clearly delineated boundaries and meaningful consequences. I am confident the President does not wish for America's resolve to be called into question."