Tension in Syria continues to grow
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
Congress returned to Washington, D.C. yesterday after a monthlong recess. Among the topics at the top of the agenda is the conflict in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad’s government is accused by using chemical weapons on rebel forces.
Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke Monday and said he is positive Assad was responsible for the attacks. Kerry issued an ultimatum giving Assad one week to surrender his stock of weapons or face a military attack. However, Kerry said he does not expect the Syrian president to simply hand over his weapons.
The Senate is expected to vote within the next few days whether or not to approve a U.S. attack on the country. There has been speculation President Barack Obama would give the order to do so regardless of how the Senate votes. Kerry initially said such an attack might involve putting American troops on Syrian soil, but later said the nation would not “put boots on the ground” and such an attack would be small scale with the hope of avoiding a prolonged overseas struggle.
A poll released by CNN yesterday said 69 percent of respondents believe it is in the United States’ best interest to not get involved in Syria.