An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
As I mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, I appreciate all of your calls, emails, tweets, and messages on Syria. The Franklin, Clarksville, and DC offices are busy fielding calls and continue to take questions on the President’s request for the use of military force against the government of Syria. Please continue to voice your opinion on this issue.
Many of you have asked where I stand on Syria. I’m leaning no. President Obama’s long held insistence on leading from behind in Syria has left us without any good options. The President has still not put forward a clearly defined plan nor has he articulated how he is going to implement the use of military force. What action will we be forced to take if President Assad continues to use chemical weapons after a U.S. military strike? Is President Obama locking us into a position where we will eventually be forced to put boots on the ground? Will countries in the region retaliate against Israel if we intervene in Syria? These are just a few of a long list of serious concerns that I have and have also heard from many of you that need to be addressed by the President.
Furthermore, we can’t simply ignore the fact that our military is facing a trillion dollars worth of cuts that has already resulted in furloughs here in Tennessee. The President has sent our brave men and women with the 101st Airborne Division into Afghanistan and has asked them to do more with fewer funds. The status quo is unacceptable. We need a Commander in Chief who advocates for a strong national defense and works to restore our country’s military strength.
As we finish the August Recess I’m continuing to spend time meeting with as many constituents in our district as possible before heading back to DC on Monday. There’s a scheduled classified briefing in Congress on Monday regarding Syria and it’s expected that we could move forward with a vote in the House as early as the end of the week.