Conflict & Justice

Romney says he would send troops to Syria


Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a campaign rally at Ross County Courthouse on August 14, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.


Justin Sullivan

Mitt Romney said he would send US troops to Syria to stop the spread of chemical weapons if he were elected president.

In an interview with CBS News Friday, the Republican presidential candidate said that he would send soldiers to the war-torn country to keep WMDs from falling into the wrong hands. 

"I think we have to also be ready to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that we do not have any kind of weapon of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists and whether that requires troops, or whether that requires other actions by our friends and allies," Romney said. 

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The GOP candidate has limited foreign policy experience, but has so far taken a hard line on issues in the Middle East, including the threat of a nuclear Iran. 

President Barack Obama has been less resolute, but has suggested military action against Iran would be a possibility if aggressive sanctions and international pressure don't work, the Associated Press reported. He called the use of chemical weapons by Syria "a red line" that would change the US's strategy in the region, according to the AP. 

Last month, for the first time, Syria acknowledged that it had chemical and biological weapons that it threatened to use if foreign countries intervened, the Jerusalem Post reported. The threat that drew strong responses from the United States and its allies.

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