On Syria, Sen. Blunt says US has already failed

Aug 30, 2013

Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.

KRCU's Jacob McCleland has more.

Speaking at a gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator said a no-fly zone early on could have allowed the rebellion to remove Bashar Al-Assad.

Now, he says President Obama's decision to send a message to Syria because of chemical weapons attacks is, quote "pretty offensive."

"We've decided what's the proper way to allow the Assad regime to kill tens of thousands of people, but we're not going to allow you to kill a thousand people with chemical weapons. I'm not for killing these people with chemical people or otherwise, but this is a repressive regime that the President's policies have failed to do anything to discourage."

Blunt continued to say that what happened in Syria deserves more than a hand slap.

In Cape Girardeau, I'm Jacob McCleland