WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said, as a superpower, the U.S. must exercise super restraint and diplomacy, not just super military strength.

That is why, he said, he will vote against a proposed military strike in Syria.

“I have come to a conclusion that there is not an imminent threat to America or Americans and we need to give diplomacy a chance to work,” said Manchin.  “If money or military might would change that region of the world, we would have changed it by now after 12 years of war.”

Manchin has proposed an alternative to a proposed U.S. military attack on Syria in response to the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians on August 21 near Damascus.

He talked about the Chemical Weapons Control and Accountability Resolution, which he introduced on Capitol Hill with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

(Read resolution here.)

As proposed, it would give Syrian President Bashar Assad 45 days to sign on to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which already has the support of more than 90 other nations.  The Chemical Weapons Convention was developed in the 1990s and prohibits the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.

Manchin said that 45 day window would allow time for more diplomacy along with the development of a long term U.S. plan for Syria.

After that, “A lot will depend on what happens in the 45 days for me to say that ‘Yes, I would (support a military strike)’ or ‘No, I wouldn’t (support a military strike),’” said Manchin.

“I’m telling you, right now, I do not.  I do not believe that we should strike (Syria).  I believe that the risk that we take, the reaction is greater than an inaction at this point in time when we have not explored all diplomacy.”

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has said he would talk about his stance on possible U.S. military action against Syria early this week.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to make a case for a military strike in Syria in an address to the nation on Tuesday.

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Comments

  • CaptainQ

    Maybe Joe Manchin's going to play the John Kerrey card and claim he was 'for it before he was against it?'

  • Levelheaded

    I no longer care what Joe Manchin thinks. I just can't wait to get a chance to vote against him.

  • Joe

    Does Sen. Machin not understand that appeasing the aggressor only makes them more aggressive? For crying out loud...peace at any price?

    I suggest he reread the history of the Munich Accord.

    That turned out well.

  • Luke

    The Russians are in the driver's seat in Syria. This is the enemy of my enemy is my friend scenario. The Russians hate the Islamists, they want to maintain their sphere of influence in Syria, they have tried to be helpful with the Iranian nuclear program, and gave the US a heads up in Boston, which we fumbled badly. Now they are offering to broker a deal in Syria which will serve their interests and at the same time get Obama out of the hole he has dug for himself and the country.

    Tomorrow Manchin will claim that he alone brought the Russians to the table!

  • WVU86

    "Manchin opposes U.S. military strike against Syria ..... but reserves the right to change his mind at a moment's notice like he does on so many other issues."

  • CaptainQ

    To quote that infamous politician/billionaire Ross Perot: "Talk's cheap, deeds are precious."

    I'll wait to see how MoJo actually votes on the Senate floor before I pass judgment. My guess is, in the end, he will obey Obama as he always does and vote YES on military action in Syria.

  • Joe Cool

    Worst WVU QB ever

  • RogerD

    I wonder how close the senate is going to be and how much Manchin's vote will matter?

  • Jt

    This is THE most logical solution I have heard to date.

  • Frankie

    When isn't he a sell out? This is just the latest in a long line of sell outs. Look at the mess he left Tomblin holding with broadband, look at education, look at a myriad of other things. His decision was entirely based on political expediency.

  • Dave R.

    opposes but will still vote for it , thinking it will get him some political favor down the road....selling out to party loyalty