Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee their homes as refugees. The violent oppression by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of what began as peaceful protests and demands for democracy by the Syrian people is appalling. Now, credible reports from our intelligence community and humanitarian organizations on the ground indicate that the Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons on civilians, including an attack on August 21st that killed approximately 1,500 people.
The President is now asking Congress to authorize a limited military action against the Assad regime as punishment for the use of chemical weapons in violation of international norms and laws.
Like many Americans, I'm deeply troubled by the report of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, but I do not believe we should authorize the use of military force without clear justification, strategy and purpose that improve America’s long term security. Before taking a vote, I will review the specific information detailing what potential action the administration is considering, and I intend to evaluate whether any proposed action will protect and advance American goals and interests.
Please tell me where you stand.
I want to hear from you. Please tell me where you stand on this critical debate.
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