Congress split Syria: After President Barack Obama called this week for military action — namely that of an offensive strike on Syria — lawmakers in Congress remained undecided on whether it was wise to support the President’s announcement, ABC15 confirms this Sunday, Sept. 1. Obama stated this Saturday afternoon that he believes the U.S. should make the move to take “a limited military action” against Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians, but promised to wait to hear Congress’ approval and input beforehand.
Having Congress split over the right to launch a military strike against Syria is understandable, given the gravity of the situation if offensive action is indeed taken by the U.S. against the Middle Eastern country. Those lawmakers who supporters the offensive said this weekend that the U.S. has the right to send a serious message in Syria’s direction that the use of toxic gas and other chemical weaponry is inexcusable. Those against the action, however, deem that using diplomacy should first be worked toward, instead of getting involved in another dangerous military conflict overseas.
What’s more, party lines in Congress are not simply sides that have split among support or no support for a military strike in Syria. The undecided masses have grey areas within these lines: some are glad that the President came to Congress for their input at all, while others appeared upset that the President’s call did not come more urgently. Other undecided factions announced that they want to see a definite and prepared plan of action before entering Syria on a military strike.
According to reports on the Congress split Syria case, the White House is currently in the process of preparing an argument as to why military action in Syria may be necessary. Secretar of State John Kerry has said to the U.S. public and government lawmakers that he believes “Congress ... will do the right thing.”
Republicans have added that partisanship is not a factor in the divide.
"Party does not have anything to do with this," said one on Virginia rep. Scott Rigell, on CNN's "State of the Union." "I really believe that. Maybe that's some American idealism coming out of me, but I've not heard one member of my Republican conference mention anything about partisanship here."
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