Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor have both come out in favor of President Obama’s request for a “limited” strike on Syria in retaliation for chemical weapons attacks on civilians and opposition forces.
“This is something that the United States as a country needs to do,” said House Speaker Boehner, adding that the U.S. is the only country with the capacity to stop Syrian President Assad of committing more atrocities.
House of Representatives majority leader Eric Cantor mirrored those convictions, stressing the importance of toppling Assad for national and regional security.
“Assad’s Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism, is the epitome of a rogue state, and it has long posed a direct threat to American interests and to our partners,” said Cantor.
This comes as a Syrian opposition spokesman, Khaled al-Saleh, announced rebel intelligence found that Assad is preparing for more chemical attacks, according to CBS. According to the statement, two convoys carrying chemical weapon warheads were moved in the last 24 hours and have reached their destination. al-Saleh cited rebel-sympathizing Syrian military officers for providing the information. The number of chemical weapons was not revealed.
Amid these rising tensions, the U.N. has revealed that more than 2 million Syrians have fled the country in fear of their safety with the on-going civil war and the possibility of U.S. military intervention looming overhead.