Posted: Sep 5, 2013 8:40 AM by Ian Auzenne
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) announced this morning in a press release that he will not support a resolution authorizing military action in Syria. Below are Vitter's remarks:
"After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution.
As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded.
There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region - Iran's development of nuclear weapons. I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible."