The prospects of a U.S. strike on Syria may be dimming but that hasn’t stopped U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson from doing what he can to ensure it never happens.
In the last 11 hours, the Orlando Democrat has been a blur, appearing at functions all over Capitol Hill to mobilize opposition against the strike — even as the possibility of a diplomatic solution comes into focus.
“We just have to make sure the situation doesn’t turn against us,” said Grayson, who has spent the last two weeks galvanizing lawmakers and the public against military action.
Today was no different. At 8 a.m., he joined fellow opponent U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a strategy session of critics, which was immediately followed by another Syria meeting with congressional Democrats.
One point of discussion: a Russian proposal that would force Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to the international community in exchange for the U.S. foregoing a missile strike.
The idea has taken root on Capitol Hill, especially with it looking increasingly unlikely that President Barack Obama can marshal congressional support for such an attack.
Grayson said the Russian proposal has a “great deal of merit,” though he’s cautioned against tying the concept to any legislation that would still allow for U.S. military action.