Rep. Chris Van Hollen: I won’t second-guess Obama on Syria

September 15, 2013

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he will not criticize President Obama's handling of the U.S. response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syria, noting that the administration has reached a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

(Jacquelyn Martin/AP) – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Van Hollen said he wouldn't second-guess the president's actions, which included drawing a "red line" on the use of chemical weapons, promising action after an alleged attack occurred and then asking Congress to vote on the use of force.

"I look at results, and the result could not be more in line with the president's objective," Van Hollen said. "We've gone beyond just deterring the future use of chemical weapons to a plan to actually destroy [Syria President Bashar al-Assad's] chemical weapons stockpile."


Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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