"Given how important this Congressional briefing was, for the
President to make his case for taking military action in Syria, I was surprised
that neither he, nor the Vice President, nor any cabinet level official was in
"The decision on whether or not to commit American troops and risk
American lives when the United States is not directly threatened is a difficult
one, and the President has the heavy burden of convincing the Congress and the
American people of its merits. I left this afternoon’s briefing with more
questions and concerns than I had when I arrived."
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Sixth District Congressman Bill
Johnson on Thursday night issued a press release regarding US plans to
Johnson - a
retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel - says he joined colleagues in sending a
letter directly to President Obama on the issue of a potential military attack.
The letter urges the White House to consult and receive authorization from
Congress before ordering the use of military force.
Johnson says that, since Syria
does not pose an imminent threat to the United States, the president is
required to receive consent from Congress, as outlined in the Constitution and
the War Powers Act.
The congressman says he is ready
to travel back to Washington at a moment's notice, adding that he views
involvement in the Syrian civil war as an extremely serious issue that must
require authorization from Congress.
He says he would only vote for a
resolution if clear goals and an exit strategy are spelled out.
News reports indicate that a
growing number of Republicans
and Democrats oppose military
action in Syria. The British Parliament yesterday voted against taking part.