But Rockefeller wants quick action.
"We cannot allow the Assad regime to delay," he stated Monday. "Assad must take immediate tangible steps to relinquish his control of Syria's chemical weapons, and he must agree to a rigorous and comprehensive system for securing, identifying and dismantling those weapons."
Rockefeller believes the threat of using military strength should not be withdrawn.
"If the effort for an international diplomatic solution falters, we must be prepared to go further," Rockefeller stated. "We must be prepared to move forward with a limited military strike unless Assad fully gives up control of his chemical weapons in the near term."
Like Obama, Rockefeller said he opposes putting American troops on the ground in Syria.
Rockefeller also opposed "any other form of U.S. military intervention or so-called 'nation-building' that could drag the United States into the intractable, centuries-old sectarian turmoil in the Middle East."
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