“As the United States Congress considers military intervention in Syria, per President Obama’s request, I think it’s important to be very honest about what we are considering,” opined Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ05) in an official press release. “Missile strikes—or any other such action—against a sovereign nation is an act of war. This action would be defined as such if any other nation did the same to us. Given that the president has not yet demonstrated why military action is in our best interest, given that the administration will not be constrained to keep boots off the ground, and given that there is no clear end-game, I am against the president’s resolution to go to war in Syria.”
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ04), in turn, said in his own release that “a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal is a nonlethal alternative to missiles and bombs that carry huge risks of killing or maiming innocent civilians and exacerbating the conflict—all while putting American service members at risk.” His statement was accompanied by the announcement of such a proposal.
Both men are joining their colleague Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) in the NAY column. The latest U.S. House of Representatives whip counts (from both parties) suggest that the resolution is headed for defeat.
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