Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is asking the United States use “super-restraint, “super-humanitarian aid” and “super-diplomacy” before using its super-military might on Syria.
Along with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Manchin drafted a resolution that would give Syria 45 days to sign the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, which would require the country to report and eventually destroy all its chemical weapons.
If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to comply, Manchin’s plan dictates “all elements of national power will be considered by the United States government.”
But with evidence mounting Assad used chemical weapons against civilians last month, it appears Syria has already failed to comply with an international treaty banning chemical weapons.
Way back in 1968, Syria signed the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which bans use (although not the possession) of chemical weapons.
Manchin said the Chemical Weapons Convention goes a step farther than the Geneva treaty, since it bans possession of chemical weapons and not just their use.
In other news…
- Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has confirmed for the first time she will vote “no” on military action against Syria.
- A law firm specializing in collegiate sports charged West Virginia University $5,800 in July for about 25 hours of work, although school officials will not say what the firm is working on.
- The childhood home of embattled Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury was destroyed last week in what authorities are calling a “suspicious fire.”