Without a doubt, the use of chemical weapons flies in the face of established international agreements and is an abomination of basic human rights.
While I applaud the President TMs efforts to reach out to Congress, any proposal to be voted upon should enumerate clear-cut objectives, should be thoroughly debated, and should keep in mind the full consequences of increased military action in the Middle East and the near and long term consequences to the people of the United States.
I am currently reflecting upon Monday TMs classified briefing of the CBC by President Obama and National Security Advisor Rice as well as the Congressional briefing by Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and General Dempsey and am waiting on specific details regarding the language of the resolution that will be voted upon in the House before making a final decision.
I am also considering the overwhelming input I am receiving from my constituents, which will weigh heavily on my ultimate decision.Senator Saxby Chambliss released this statement:"The use of chemical weapons violates international norms and poses a serious threat to our national security. No one should tolerate their use, and Assad TMs defiance cannot go unanswered. I would support a diplomatic solution if the international community can secure and destroy Assad TMs weapons. However, I remain cautious about any deal involving Russia, and we should not take American military strikes off the table.