Fort Morgan Times — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet favors military action in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons but said the choices available to the United States range from “worse to bad.”
“This is about picking your least bad outcome,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t think there’s any conceivable way that Syria ends well.”
Bennet, a Democrat who has been a Colorado senator since 2009, said he will attend an intelligence briefing on Syria when he returns to Washington Thursday. Until then, he said, he can’t say what kind of response he favors.
President Barack Obama is asking for congressional approval to conduct limited military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying there is evidence chemical warfare was used to kill more than 1,400 Syrians on Aug. 21.
Bennet discussed Syria when he met with the Denver Post’s editorial board Wednesday.
He talked about a range of issues, from immigration to the farm bill to what he heard from Coloradans when he toured the rural part of the state in August.
Bennet said he doesn’t think the country can let Assad’s gassing “go unanswered.”
“We’re going to have to figure out how to do it in a limited way that doesn’t entangle the United States for months or years in Syria,” he said.