BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Concerned a U.S. strike in Syria could escalate the situation in that region, U.S. Senator David Vitter says he plans to vote no on the Syria war resolution. Vitter is the second member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to register opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal.
In a statement released Thursday, Vitter said:
"After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution.
As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded.
There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region – Iran's development of nuclear weapons. I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible."
Vitter joins GOP Rep. John Fleming of Minden in opposing U.S. intervention.
Senator Mary Landrieu released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
"Using military force in Syria is a serious matter, and the President is correct to seek Congressional approval. I will carefully examine the facts this week as Congress debates what the appropriate action is." –Sen. Mary Landrieu
Congressman Bill Cassidy released the following statement Tuesday:
"The founders made it clear, the President must consult Congress before taking military action. As such, I am pleased the Congress and the American people will have an opportunity to debate this issue. I returned to Washington over the weekend to attend a classified briefing and am actively monitoring the situation. There are still many questions left unanswered so I will continue to engage with my colleagues in D.C. as well as discuss this issue with the people of Louisiana."
Representative Cedric Richmond also released a statement Tuesday:
"I support President Obama's decision to engage with Congress as we join the global community to ensure that this grave human offense is addressed. When the Assad regime decided to rain chemical warfare on more than 1,400 people, including 400 children, it became a matter of national security."
Congressman Rodney Alexander has not yet responded to our request for a statement.