I always say you have to give credit where credit is due. Today, I believe that credit is due. My former 2nd District congressional opponent (and the eventual winner of the 2012 House seat), Jackie Walorski, has released a statement announcing that she will not support the President’s plea for military intervention in Syria.
The following is her statement:
Sep 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Syria:
“With reports confirming the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria, I share the grave concern and heartache echoed by the American people and the international community.”
“I have said the president must clearly articulate a comprehensive plan to the American people and Congress explaining how a ‘limited, narrow act’ of military strikes protects our national interests and shields our allies like Israel. Today, it remains unclear how his plan will deter the Assad regime, and I am concerned a failed attempt provokes dangerous risks for our military, nation, and other countries.”
“Based on the current situation, I cannot support the president’s call for congressional authorization for the use of force. This decision represents the overwhelming sentiments of my Hoosier constituents, and reflects my assessment of the president’s incomplete case to the American people.”
“When Congress reconvenes, I look forward to participating in this important discussion and will take a close look at any legislation that takes shape in the House. Until then, I cannot offer my support for the president’s plan.”
While I personally think it would have made a stronger statement had she opted to vote “no” on the grounds that intervention in Syria (at this point) is wrong…period, I am at least content that she appears to be saying “no.” I called her DC office this week asking her to do just that, and thus I consider this a victory.
I would have liked to have heard more about how the U.S. should not get involved based on who we would be helping, how it affects our nation, and what kind of blow back it could create. I would invite Jackie to explain further as the days move forward.
Here is the link to her official press statement: walorski.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walorski-statement-on-syria