Friday, May 3, 2013

instaPoll: What action should the United States take in response to the evidence that Syria used chemical weapons?

Congressman Randy Forbes


Last week, in a letter to Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the White House addressed the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, saying "our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."  

The United States is calling on the United Nations to conduct a comprehensive investigation, and is working with our allies in the region, as well as the Syrian opposition, in an effort to gain additional intelligence regarding the origins of the weapons and the effect of their use on the nation's civil war.  

Miguel Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, made it clear in the letter that the use of chemical weapons or transfer of such weapons to a terrorist group "is a red line for the United States of America."  

Question of the week: If this is a "red line," what action should the United States take in response to the evidence that Syria used chemical weapons?   

(  ) Intervene now to help end the violence and demonstrate a strong stance against the use of these weapons by Syria and Iran.
(  ) Intervene, if necessary, to defend Israel. 
(  ) Continue to monitor the situation in Syria, including supporting humanitarian aid.
(  ) None.  The United States does not have a national interest in the Syrian conflict. 
(  ) Other. 

Take the instaPoll here.

Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.

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