For one New Jersey congressman, a military strike against war-torn Syria may be too little, too late.
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) says he won’t support any military action proposed by President Barack Obama until his questions on the matter are answered and, he “awaits the debate.”
“We’ve seen over one hundred thousand deaths in Syria, millions of Syrian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries and an influx of various terrorist groups, and only now has the President decided to take military action as a result of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” Frelinghuysen told Patch in an email.
Congress is now figuring out what to do after President Barack Obama called on the House Saturday to authorize military action against the Middle-Eastern country that has been entrenched in civil war for two years.
Information that Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, used chemical weapons against his own people, killing more than 1,000 Syrians, came forward last week, prompting Obama to draw a “red line” on the situation.
For the eight-term representative, the major question is whether or not military action by the United States will have any impact on a war that has remained inside the country’s boundaries.
“While I am horrified by the deaths of so many innocent men, women and children, I want to know how the President’s strategic plans will change the course of this civil war!
“I cannot support any authorization unless and until my questions are answered fully,” he continued.
Frelinghuysen’s congressional colleague Leonard Lance (R-7) told Patch this week he opposed United States involvement as well, but said the international community should be keeping its eyes on the region.
For Frelinghuysen, who says he just returned from a trip to the Middle East, it’s more than what’s going on inside Syria.
“Having just returned from the region, I cannot ignore that a clear lack of Presidential leadership has left our Middle East policies in shambles,” Frelinghuysen said. “This administration has virtually destroyed a 30-year friendship with Egypt, allowed Iran to continue its march to a nuclear weapons capability, threatened the stability of Jordan and left our best ally in the region, Israel, incredibly vulnerable!”
Frelinghuysen and the rest of congress is scheduled to reconvene from its recess on Monday, Sept. 9.