Republican Sen. Richard Burr said Wednesday the U.S. must maintain a viable military threat against Syria as it seeks a diplomatic solution.
“Over the past two years, Bashar al-Assad has brutally murdered over 100,000 of his own people and has used chemical weapons 12 times, with the loss of civilian life increasing with each attack and the latest culminating in the death of over 400 children,'' Burr said in a statement.
"These facts are indisputable and demonstrate the serious threat that these weapons of mass destruction pose to the security of the region and the world.''
"It is my preference to see this situation end diplomatically. However, that requires the threat of military action moving the international community to pressure Assad to accept a certifiable and enforceable solution.
"Should these efforts fail, the United States must be prepared to take necessary, punitive military action against the Syrian regime to protect our long-term security and send the message to the world that the use of these weapons will not be tolerated.”