House Intel Comte Chair: U.S. Should Be Stopping 'Humanitarian Crisis' In Syria

"If you look at the total of evidence over the last two years -- and the evidence is mounting -- I look at this as an old FBI agent. So when you look at this, all of the evidence, how it's mounting, I believe, after looking at all of the evidence, that over the last two years they have configured chemical weapons in a position to use them. They have shown intent to use them, and I do believe that a small quantity, at least a small quantity of chemical weapons, has been used. It shouldn't take chemical weapons usage to get the United States to stop a humanitarian crisis of this epic proportion that actually has national security implications for the United States. I get it's a hard decision. The President said that when he went to the Middle East, but this is dangerous if we don't get this right.

"Think of this, the opposition told the Secretary of State to the United States that they aren't interested in a meeting. That shows you how far our credibility has fallen with people who are on the ground doing the fighting. Our Arab league partners, who I meet with constantly, are incredibly frustrated. I believe there's a diplomatic solution, but you can't have that unless you gain the credibility of the opposition, you gain the credibility of our Arab league allies, and then you can move to a position of negotiation. That's the reason they rejected the Prime Minister. They rejected the political fight, they being the opposition, because it is so confusing to them. They're engaging in the fight on the ground and they don't think anyone is helping them."

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