Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the National Security Working Group and a co-chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Caucus released the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks on Syria:
“I think a debate on Syria policy is very important and I wish it had started sooner. In 2011 I laid out a comprehensive approach to the Syrian crisis that would confront the Assad regime and protect US national security interests. And Last November, I called for a more assertive approach to the conflict in Syria because I believe the Assad regime is a threat to both regional stability and the United States' broader national security interests. I have no doubt that Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people. Every day that Assad remains in power helps Iran and Hezbollah who plot against the United States and its allies. I believe that it is in the US national security interest to respond to this most recent chemical attack. I appreciate the Administration's efforts to consult with Congress about the situation.”
Casey Record on Syria
- In August 2011 Senator Casey set forth a comprehensive strategy on Syria.
- November 2012 interview on Syria with Foreign Policy.
- December 2012 speech on Syria.
- February 2013 op-ed on Syria.
- April 2013 op-ed.
- June 2013 statement.
- He visited the region last April and met with Syrian refugees (on the Turkish border).