U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today released the following statement on the latest developments regarding the situation in Syria:
"President Obama's speech to the nation last night about the situation in Syria was both timely and necessary. His call for a delay in Congressional consideration of an authorization for the use of military force is also welcome.
"I am pleased that the President is dispatching Secretary of State Kerry to meet with his Russian counterpart tomorrow in Europe to explore whether the Russian proposal to verifiably disarm Syria of its chemical weapons can be successfully implemented. As we learned after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the best way to ensure a rogue nation is reliably disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction is through intrusive, internationally supervised on-site inspections.
"If the Putin/Obama proposal works, it would be the best way to eliminate safely Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons arsenal without risking either American or Syrian lives in a military campaign."