Rep. Richmond Leans Toward Support of Military Force in Syria

Like a good citizen I emailed my Congresspeople this week to voice my desire for them to vote against using United States military force of any kind in Syria.

As of this post, I have only heard back from Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA2). His response in its entirety (as regards this issue) is below.

“The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on unarmed civilians demands strong action. It is critical that President Obama outline the level of our engagement with a clear timetable. It is equally critical that we achieve our goals without boots on the ground, however, we must do what we can to ensure that this grave human offense is addressed. I am pleased that the President has sought approval from my colleagues in Congress before taking action in Syria and I look forward to listening to the evidence presented by the Administration and the important and necessary debate that will follow.  I have grave concerns about the use of force, but I believe that the overpowering use of chemical weapons against un-armed non-combatants crosses a line that demands a robust response from the international community.”

I would read his response as leaning toward supporting the use of force in Syria. Since I don’t believe it should be the role of the United States to act as the policeman of the world, I respectfully disagree with Rep. Richmond, and again urge him to vote against any use of U.S. military force.

*FULL DISCLOSURE* The author of this post, Caleb Trotter, ran against Rep. Richmond in the 2012 Congressional race in LA.

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