Pelosi urges military response to Syria

August 30, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late Thursday appeared to push for military action in response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons on its people.

Nancy Pelosi (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Nancy Pelosi (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pelosi released a statement after a 90-minute conference call with top administration officials.

"It is clear that the American people are weary of war," Pelosi said. "However, [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] gassing his own people is an issue of our national security, regional stability and global security. We must be clear that the United States rejects the use of chemical weapons by Assad or any other regime."

Pelosi added: "What Assad has done is outside the realm of basic human rights. On this evening’s call, I expressed my appreciation for the measured, targeted and limited approach the President may be considering."

Pelosi is not considered one of the more hawkish members of Congress.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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