The President was right to first seek authorization from the people’s representatives before using military force in Syria. I thank him for that.
I hope my colleagues will fully think through the weightiness of this decision and reject military action. The situation on the ground in Syria is tragic and deeply saddening, but escalating the conflict and Americanizing the Syrian Civil War will not resolve the matter. As a 29-year veteran of the United States military with multiple combat tours, it is my judgment that military intervention would make it worse and make us responsible for that conflict.
Therefore,I urge a “no” vote on authorization to use military force.
We should pursue the diplomatic track, working with the warring factions and other stakeholders in the region, combining economic sanctions to leverage our position and to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Syrian Civil War.
LLPH agrees with Rep. Gibson and will be releasing a statement shortly urging a NO vote on striking or intervening in Syria.