Sen. Deb Fischer opposes any military action against Syria, stating President Obama has failed to make the case that such a strike would be in the national security interests of the United States.
“His address last night did little to clarify the president’s muddled foreign policy,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “While the president made an impassioned case for a humanitarian response to the tragedy, his argument regarding a significant U.S. national interest remains very weak.”
Fischer says the case as laid out by the president during last night’s address failed to convince her.
“Indeed, even his moral case rings hollow as he condemned a chemical attack on 14-hundred civilians on August 21st, yet failed to note the deaths of over 100,000 Syrians over the past two years who were also slaughtered by Assad,” Fischer says.
President Barack Obama had asked Congress to authorize a military strike against Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons against rebels who are attempting to topple the presidency of Bashar al-Assad.
Russian has since stepped forward to offer an alternative to military intervention. It has proposed that the United States not act against Syria if Syria turns over its chemical weapons stockpile.
Fischer says Obama must press the Russians to follow-through on its proposal.