WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he would support limited U.S. involvement in Syria.

Manchin called Syrian leaders’ use of chemical weapons on their own people “unacceptable in any way, shape or form, but on the other hand are we responsible as a nation to be the gatekeeper for the world?”

Manchin, who spoke to MetroNews Thursday from the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit at the Greenbrier Resort, said it’s the Arab League that should be leading the way with the response to Syria.

“We should be there to support them to clean up their own neighborhood. Whether we take control and jump in there, it just makes more of an adversarial relationship we have with the Arab world, I would be very reluctant to do that.”

Manchin has been outspoken during his time in the Senate about U.S. involvement in the Middle East. He has called for troops to be taken out of Afghanistan on more than one occasion. He said Thursday sending troops into Syria is not part of his discussion.

“I’m not for boots on the ground in any way, shape or form. The (military) strike should basically be a supportive strike that’s led by the Arab League,” Manchin reiterated.

The senator said the U.S. should consider non-military solutions.

“We can support, and should support, humanitarian aid and humane treatment of all people anywhere in the world,” Manchin said. “There are many things we can do, but going in and taking the lead is not one of them and not one we have done well.”

Manchin concluded he would have to learn a lot more about the situation before he would ever support a preemptive strike.


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  • Levelheaded

    Manchin is funny, trying to dance around both sides of this issue, because he can't figure out which way public opinion is going to go. Why can't he just believe in something and stick with it, at what ever the cost. What a joker.

  • Don

    He's trying to talk again.....they're so cute at this age when they're trying to sound out words.

  • j

    I can't wait for WV to vote him out of office

  • Damion45

    Johnson had his Gulf of Tonkin excuse, Bush his WMDs, and now Obama has the chemical weapons crossing his red line. The only difference is that Johnson and Bush followed the law going after the phantom perpetrators. Obama should not speak unless it is a written speech on a teleprompter. Red line indeed. When all is said and done, we will find out that it was "C" None of the above. Meanwhile forces opposed to our interests are watching events unfold according to their plan.

  • Hughesknight

    We need congressional approval before we take any action

  • FungoJoe

    Looks like Manchin is becoming more and more like his buddy, Obama. Fond of leading from behind.

  • Joe

    Spot on, Mike. Sh@)(t or get off the pot!

  • Mike

    We need to stay the hell out of it and let these people settle there on problems. We as a naton are broke and cannot help ourselves and want to get in the middle of something else that doesn't involve us. Take care of things at home and stop worring about the Middle East. If we do get involved let the military do it's job and wipe the place out. Going to war and telling our troops they can't fire 1st and you can't do this or that. That is not a war. Going to war means people gets killed. We could have wiped out Afgan and Iraq but we were not allowed. If not allowed why get involved. The United States looks like the laughing stoke of the world now because of our involvement over there. Leave it alone or do it right.

  • Joe

    Perhaps he can work with the Syrian regime to pass laws requiring background checks for chemical weapons bought on the black market.

  • Levelheaded

    Manchin, the foreign policy expert. What a joke.

  • Luke

    No one is advocating an invasion.


    Secure our borders to the maximum. Heck, put our troops all way around them despite the posse comitatus act. Time to take are of America. Anything else, is just plain stupid right now. No more American blood on foreign soil unless it is a direct assault on us.

  • Luke

    The Free Rebel Army which constitutes most of the resistance are Allowites as is Assad. The difference is that those Rebels are fed up with the oppression of the Assad Regime. The Al-Qaeda groups do not support the Free Rebel Army and seek to seize power for themselves and like minded Islamists. There are several other groups involved in the fighting but even combined they are small in number to the Free Rebel Army supporters.

    Manchin is totally out of his element even discussing foreign and military policy. His position is the default to Obama and the Democrat Party position. If you like Obama you'll love Manchin on this one.

    Manchin is totally out to lunch in supporting a "limited" strike. Few Americans support the President's "shot across the bow" approach as that is nothing more than a face saving measure for the President's failed foreign policy.

    • DonaldH

      Luke, I would like to believe you are right but I'm no longer willing to be part of anything in the Mid-East--- Not even willing to defend Israel.. I have come to realize they too are part of the problem and not part of the solution..

      • Luke

        Doing nothing or even next to nothing has consequences too, Some here want the US to retreat and defend its borders. Hell we can't keep the unarmed Mexicans, out of the country.

        In 2008 Obama made his apology tour of the Middle East. Thereafter Kerry advocated flipping Assad and Hillary was going to "reset" US relations with Russia. Now Assad is taunting the US and Putin is treating Obama like the feckless leader he is.

        When the adversaries of the US no longer fear us, you better watch out.

    • Roy Riggleman

      Free Rebel Army would be a sweet name for a band.

  • Tim C

    Syria is an enemy....the rebels they are fighting are backed by Al-Qaeda. Why would we want to stop them from killing each other?

  • Captain Vito

    West Virginia's "Junior" U S Senator Should Not Try To Make A Political Prize By Commenting On International Military Affairs When He Has Never Served In The USA Military ! It Is Politicians Such As Manchin That Should Keep Silent On Something He Has No Experience In Talking About !

    Mr. Joe Manchin Did Not Serve In The Military Because He Had Bad Knees From Playing WVU Football...But Bad Knees Didn't Stop Him From Other Civilian Physical Feats!! He Should Have Went To Canada With His Friends !