Congressmen have grave reservations about Syria

| September 11 2013

Last night’s speech by President Obama was pointless, confused, and feckless. America is rudderless as long as this man is in office.

Below are comments by three congressmen, from both before and after the speech. And since the speech changed very little, other than adding a delay while the job of diplomacy is handed over to Vladimir Putin, the comments made before are just about as apropos as those made after.

Chairman Salmon Responds to President’s Speech on Syria

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria:

“Tonight, the President had one more prime opportunity to convince Americans why they should support his plan on Syria. Instead, Americans are left with more confusion and more questions that remain unanswered on what he hopes to accomplish. At a time when the leader of the free world should be leading the charge to build coalitions of other nations, this Administration has sadly exported the duties of diplomacy to Russian President Vladmir Putin. After tonight’s speech, I remain opposed to military intervention in Syria, and I remain disheartened by the lack of leadership coming from this White House.”

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spoke on the House floor today to address the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria.

Last night, Congressman Gosar held a tele-townhall and heard from his constituents on the issue. The people calling overwhelmingly opposed any intervention by the United States in the Syrian Civil War. Rep. Gosar noted “For the first time since he was elected, President Obama has united all Americans, from all parties and all walks of life, against his plans for military aggression in Syria.”

Below is the video and transcript of Rep. Gosar’s floor speech.

TRANSCRIPT:

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

This week all eyes are upon us as we debate the use of force in Syria.

This decision is one that shouldn’t be made lightly as ultimately there are many factors to be weighed.

Make no mistake, what has been happening in Syria is truly a human tragedy. The nation has been torn apart by civil war.

And, it is without a doubt that Assad is not a friend or an ally of ours.

But things are very complicated. A large number of those who oppose the Assad Regime are affiliated with al-Qaeda.

In the case of Syria, Assad and the rebels, it cannot be said that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

In this dangerous civil war the enemy of our enemy is still and will always be our enemy.

It is this dynamic which has led to the overwhelming response of people throughout my district and our nation to say without an imminent threat to national security, without a plan, without a goal and without unified international support from our allies we must stay out of Syria.

Thank you.

(Note: The comments below are not from an Arizona congressman, but they are worth reading if for no other reason than to really think about the notion that Obama wants to engage in military action in Syria “with the declared objective of stalemate.”
Letter from Rep. Tom McClintock
Dear Friends,

I am deeply concerned about the prospect of war in Syria. The Middle East is a tinderbox, and lighting a match and tossing it in could have catastrophic consequences. An American attack on Syria could well trigger a retaliatory attack by its allies, probably Hezbollah, on probably Israel. That would require an Israeli retaliatory strike, possibly on Iran.One can see how quickly this could escalate. And then instead of 1,400 dead civilians in Damascus, we suddenly have 14,000 dead civilians in Tel Aviv.The regime in Syria is a barbaric regime. It is despotic. But the other side is affiliated with al-Qaeda. They’re conducting massacres of Syrian Christians in the areas that they control, they’re decapitating opponents in the street, they’re committing atrocities on Syrian war dead. And these are the forces America is going to ally with because the President painted himself into a rhetorical corner and now is trying to get out?If you’re going to start a war, if you’re going to put your young soldiers in harm’s way, you’d better be prepared to put the entire resources of the country behind it, absolutely annihilate the enemy, get it over with as quickly as possible, and then be prepared to install a government of our choosing and maintain that government until all opposition has ceased.Victory, not stalemate, should be the object of a war. And yet, this particular war is being started with the declared objective of stalemate.


Tom McClintock

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