- Posted September 11, 2013 by
Cornfield Senator Affirms No Vote on Syria
Senior US Senator Dan Coats of Indiana affirmed his opposition to interfering in the civil war in Syria in an email to me today following my contacting his office and noting my opposition to providing President Barack Obama authorization to proceed with a military strike on that war-torn nation. I had also provided the Senator with links to my various posts over the last couple of weeks concerning the Syrian crisis.
This evening I received the following from the Senator after the President addressed the nation Tuesday evening to sway support for use of force in the Congress and from the American people. Coats is a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.
Thank you for sharing your views regarding American involvement in the Syrian civil war. I appreciate this opportunity to respond.
After several briefings with administration officials and military leaders, gathering input from Hoosiers and hearing directly from President Obama, I do not believe a targeted, limited military strike on Syria is in the direct national security interests of the United States. Therefore, I do not support a resolution authorizing the President to take military action in Syria.
There is no doubt that the Assad regime used long-banned chemical weapons to murder its own people. This horrific act demands a worldwide response of condemnation. However, the President has not justified his request to engage the United States militarily in Syria.
As a result of Russia's recent proposal to work with the United Nations to secure and destroy the Syrian stockpile of chemical weapons, President Obama announced on September 10, 2013 that he would like to delay a vote on the Syria resolution and give diplomacy another chance. Reaching an agreement at the United Nations is one thing, but trusting that Syria and Russia will abide by the terms is another matter. Additionally, there remain numerous challenges for the United Nations to secure and destroy these chemical weapons in the midst of a civil war.
This accidental diplomacy should not be mistaken for a credible plan. The President's failure to lead over the past five years and communicate a vision for the Middle East region threatens the credibility of our country. To maintain America's strength and integrity in the world, the President must demonstrate that any U.S. military action in the Middle East is related to a direct national security threat and part of a long-term strategic plan, which the administration has yet to define.
I have not forgotten that the United States is ending a decade-long military operation in Afghanistan. For the first time in years, Americans are looking with realistic hope toward peacetime. With no clear threat to our national security and indecisive leadership from the President, I cannot support U.S. military action in Syria at this time.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to do so in the future on other issues of importance to you.
The letter was signed:
United States Senator.
From the Cornfield, I have not yet heard from anyone else in the Cornfield's delegation, but I am certain that most Hoosiers are in agreement with Coats on Syria.
It was apparent last week as I noted in an earlier report that consensus among the patrons at Mickey's Bar & Grill, Farmersburg, in the heart of the Cornfield that Syria was not our business and the US should butt out.