Shea-Porter announces opposition to military strikes against Syria
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said yesterday she opposes the United States taking military action in Syria.
The congresswoman said that while she condemns President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in his country, as is alleged by the U.S., she doesn’t “see at this time how a military air strike against Syria will fix this,” she said in a press release.
“If the United States launches a sustained and heavy attack, we run the risk of swapping Assad out for some equally ruthless group. If we launch a smaller, targeted attack, we run the risk of emboldening President Assad and causing more casualties,” Shea-Porter said. “I am not against all war, but in order to justify this act, there has to be a threat to national security, a strong strategy, and a good possibility of success.”
Shea-Porter was the first of New Hampshire’s delegation to announce her opposition to the possible military strike in Syria. Over the weekend, President Obama stepped back from ordering a strike under his own authority and announced he would seek congressional approval. Earlier yesterday, President Obama won House Speaker John Boehner’s backing.