Following news of a massacre of more than 90 people in Syria Saturday, Mitt Romney issued a statement Sunday calling on the U.S. to "lead and put an end to the Assad regime."
Romney's full statement:
The Assad regime’s massacre of civilians in Haoula—many of them young children—is horrific. After nearly a year and a half of slaughter, it is far past time for the United States to begin to lead and put an end to the Assad regime. President Obama can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps. The Annan ‘peace’ plan—which President Obama still supports—has merely granted the Assad regime more time to execute its military onslaught. The United States should work with partners to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups so they can defend themselves. The bloodshed in Haoula makes clear that our goal must be a new Syrian government, one that contributes to peace and stability in the Middle East and that truly represents the brave Syrian people.
On Fox News Sunday, Romney surrogate Sen. John McCain tore into President Obama for his handling of the conflict in Syria as well as other foreign policy situations, suggesting that Obama's approach represented a "shameful episode in American history."