Sunday, July 5, 2015

Suburban congressman: Don't rush to bomb Syria

"My constituents are skeptical and reluctant to be drawn into this conflict"

Suburban congressman: Don't rush to bomb Syria

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US Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Bucks, isn't joining Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and others who are loudly backing President Obama's plan to bomb Syria in protest of its use of lethal chemical weapons against rebels and civilians who get in the way. Fitzpatrick says he's against chemical weapons, too. And he's glad Obama is asking Congress what representatives think.

But he's also asking the tough questions -- and not getting good answers, Fitzpatrick adds in a statement: "What is the critical national objective? What are the military metrics of success? How can the President guarantee that his proposed military response would be a limited, punitive strike? What resources will be dedicated to the humanitarian issues associated with an escalation in violence?

"The answers to these critical questions and concerns have not been adequately addressed at this point, and the case for military involvement has not been made to me, my constituents, or the American people. My constituents are skeptical and reluctant to be drawn into this conflict - something that my vote will reflect.”

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