Although Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. David McKinley have all said Syria is not a threat to the United States’ national security, Rep. Nick Rahall is maintaining that Syria’s chemical weapons place the U.S. and its allies in danger. Rahall last week said he supports a limited strike on Syria but today said he also is urging the use of diplomacy.
“I do not want to see our Nation drawn into yet another costly, open-ended military conflict abroad; nor will I vote to put U.S. ‘boots on the ground.’
“I remain convinced that our Nation should continue to advocate a political solution in Syria with support from our international allies.
“The proliferation of chemical weapons by rogue regimes, like Syria’s, which has amassed huge stockpiles of chemical weapons and repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to use them, is a threat to the United States and our allies in the region, especially Israel, and it cannot be ignored.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller is the only remaining member of West Virginia’s congressional delegation to publicly take a stance on Syria.
He told reporters last week he would make an announcement either Monday or Tuesday. Spokesman Andrew Beckner said he is not sure if Rockefeller will make a statement today.