Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin said he would wait to see all the evidence before making a decision on whether the U.S. should strike Syria over alleged chemical weapons attacks there.
This morning, Manchin says he has made up his mind. He has no doubt chemical weapons were used in the country, by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
But he also believes a U.S. strike on Syria would not solve the problem, and nothing President Obama or his administration could say will change his mind.
Manchin says because the chemical attacks in Syria pose no threat to the United States’ security, and the U.S. would have no support from its allies if Congress decided to go forward with the president’s plan, diplomacy is the only way to make sure Assad does not use chemical weapons again.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) September 9, 2013
So Manchin and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., drafted a resolution that would, among other things, give Syria 45 days to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, which is prohibits the production, stockpiling, transfer or use of chemical weapons by member countries.
Syria already signed, in 1968, the 1925 Geneva Convention agreement forbidding the use of chemical weapons. Conceivably, that means Syria already is at odds with one of the most widely-recognized international treaties in history. But Manchin said the 1993 convention would stop Syria from owning chemical weapons, rather than just forbidding their use.
Congress is expected to vote on the president’s plan for Syria this Wednesday. Look for more on Manchin’s resolution in tomorrow’s Daily Mail.