Lawmakers: Syria chemical weapons could menace US

3:11 PM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress are expressing concerns that Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat to the U.S. after President Bashar Assad is forced from power and could end up targeting Americans at home.

Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (shuh-KOW'-skee) tells ABC's "This Week" that "the day after Assad is the day that these chemical weapons could be at risk" and the U.S. could be in "even bigger trouble."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham made reference to the Boston Marathon bombs, warning that the weapons must be protected or: "The next bomb that goes off in America may not have nails and glass."

U .S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used sarin gas twice last month.

Graham says the U.S. could safeguard the weapons without a ground force. Fellow Republican Sen. John McCain agrees that U.S. should not sent troops to Syria, but he tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. should be part of an international force sent to safeguard Syria's chemical weapons.

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