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Mark Warner: "We Have Been Begging The Administration For Months" For A Syria Plan

"I wish that I had heard a plan from the administration..."

Posted on October 28, 2015, at 4:33 p.m. ET

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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says he's been begging the Obama administration for months to tell him their plan for Syria, but has gotten no reply.

"I sit on the Intelligence Committee," Warner said on the John Fredericks Show on Tuesday. "We have been begging the administration for months to say, alright, come in and tell us your plan, and I wish that I had heard a plan from the administration, or, I wish for that matter John McCain and Lindsey Graham more, defense hawks, I wish I'd heard a rational plan from them."

Warner said he thought some of the problems in Syria might have been prevented, "if the president would have actually fired those missiles when he drew the red line against Assad when they found chemical weapons."

"Where is the game plan," Warner asked, to support "moderate forces" if Assad was backed by Russia. Warned noted that ISIS "fights better than their numbers" because they're willing to do horrible things.

"I don't know in a region that we can simply walk away," he added. "I think many people would argue the fact that we walked out of Iraq without enough remaining forces may have led to some of the disintegration of Iraq. I think that's any open question."

"While I'm not happy with what's going on, I don't have a better plan and what I don't think we can do is simply say to this terrible unstable region, 'okay, have at it. Assad, ISIL,' and frankly the people that we've helping we're gonna suddenly leave you in the lurch."

Warner said he'd strongly support a further deployment to the region, just not the deployment of active military ground troops on the ground.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.