Saturday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement that he will seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria:
"I believe the evidence is clear that the president's red-line was crossed long ago, and the United States must respond. However, while I appreciate the president seeking congressional approval, he should have already presented Congress with a strategy and objectives for military action, including what impact this will have on our allies and enemies alike in the region. Leadership is about reacting to a crisis, and quickly making the hard and tough decisions. The president should have demanded Congress return immediately and debate this most serious issue."
His counterpart, Senator Johnny Isakson, has also issued a statement:
"It is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress, although I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9. I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action again Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and North Korea that they are accountable to no one."
District 2 House of Representatives Congressman Sanford Bishop issued this statement:
"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's 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.
I am currently waiting for Monday's classified Congressional briefing and specific details regarding the language of the resolution that will be voted upon in the House before making a final decision."
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