Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians.
Reed is well aware of public opinion polls that show a majority of Americans are opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria. But he disagrees. He says if an international coalition can be assembled, the U.S. should engage in limited warfare to let Syrians know that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.
"No one is seriously talking about an intervention into the ground war in Syria," said Reed. "And the objective in my view is to compel the Syrians to abandon any use of chemical weapons because if it continues there the threshold in other places around the globe will be lowered and we could see this coming back to haunt us."
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are ready to act on any order by President Obama to strike Syria. Syria’s foreign minister says his country will defend itself using all means available.
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