September 6, 2013
Congress will vote soon on whether to authorize military force in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.I have not decided how I will vote. Before I do, I would like to hear from you.The evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons is convincing. I understand those who are skeptical, particularly with the memory of how the American public was offered defective intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. But the evidence on Syria is credible, and has been corroborated by analyses from France and the United Kingdom.Now Congress must decide whether the United States should respond with military force.
I still have a lot of questions about how the proposed military strikes would affect our national interest and security. I’m sure you have questions too. Please share them with me. Over the next few days, I’ll participate in a series of classified briefings where I’ll work to get answers.
What do you think? Should the United States take military action in Syria? If so, what sort of restrictions do you think Congress should place on that action?
Let me know here. I look forward to hearing from you.