Rep. Chris Gibson of New York said Thursday the United States should look at diplomatic ways to tighten up Syria’s financial resources instead of bombing President Bashar Assad’s country for his alleged use of chemical weapons on his people last month.
Mr. Gibson, a Republican and members of the House Armed Services Committee, said a disruption to how the Assad regime attracts money could make life difficult for the urbane leader and his government.
“They’re not looking to live the life of Che Guevara,” he told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a reference to the late guerrilla fighter who demanded an austere lifestyle.
Mr. Gibson said a global coalition should condemn Mr. Assad’s actions but keep a broad focus on what he is doing in the Syrian civil war — not just his chemical weapons stockpile.
Mr. Gibson said he would vote against military intervention in Syria because its impact would be uncertain and could united Muslims against Americans.
“If Syria strikes the United States, that’s a whole ‘nother matter,” he said.