Nolan says Syria Strike 'Too Costly'
Posted at: 09/04/2013 10:50 PM
| Updated at: 09/05/2013 9:29 AM
By: Zach Hammer
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), an ardent opponent of a military strike on Syria, says new figures shed light on just how expensive it would be.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to give President Obama authority to use military force in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The full Senate is expected to vote on it next week.
If passed by Congress, the resolution would permit a limited military strike that could not exceed 90 days and not allow any American troops on the ground.
But nolan says and estimate from the Joint Chiefs of Staff shows even a limited strike could cost billions of dollars.
"According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff it's going to cost $500 million, or half a billion, to set up the strikes in Syria," said Nolan while speaking at UMD on Wednesday. "It will be a billion dollars following that, and that's without any boots on the ground."
Nolan said yesterday the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated, but a U.S. strike would be too great a cost for America if the situation escalates.
He has said that he will work against any efforts to strike Syria, publicly backing a bill to block intervention.