Owens Favors Plan To Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
North Country Congressman Bill Owens says the plan to wait and see if Syria gives up its chemical weapons is "very satisfactory."
The Russians have proposed putting Syria's weapons under international control and, eventually, have the destroyed.
That's in the wake of a chemical attack last month that killed an estimated 1,400 Syrians.
Owens said he is still undecided about whether the U.S. should take military action if Syria fails to give the weapons up.
'I'm still undecided," Owens said. "It's a difficult set of choices we're faced with and, again, I'm hopeful that this proposal from the Russians comes to fruition."
Owens said he doesn't completely trust the Russians, "and that's why we're going to have to, I think, take a wait and see attitude."
"Can they delivery on this proposal?" he continued. "My suspician is that this is a serious proposal for a whole lot of reasons."
Owens says he thinks the Russians want to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power and "his future may become more dire" if the U.S. isn't assured that Syria won't use chemical weapons again.
Owens says he's undecided because he still has unanswered questions. He says he's waiting to find out what happens if the initial U.S. attack fails.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Watertown, NY
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