Concerns Over Syria
KSAL Staff - September 3, 2013 8:18 am
Representative Lynn Jenkins:
I am pleased President Obama announced on Saturday he will seek Congress’ authorization, as required under the Constitution, before engaging military action against Syria. As there is no immediate threat to our homeland, President Obama owes the American people the opportunity to have their voices heard, and a public debate must be had.
Earlier this week, I joined Congressman Scott Rigell and 114 of my colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the president reminding him of this obligation and urging him to bring this issue before Congress, so I am pleased by this news.
While the recent chemical attack on Syrian citizens is an atrocious crime, I remain unconvinced military action against Syria is in our nations best interest, and I plan to oppose authorization.
The United States of America cannot continue to act as the worlds police force in areas of the world where our help is not wanted. Even if opposition forces are willing to enter into a marriage of convenience in the short term, given what we know, we cannot and must not choose sides in this conflict and send Americas blood and treasure fighting on behalf of elements infected with Al Qaeda who do not like us, do not share our values, and mean to do us harm in the long term.