U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga) doubted the necessity of American involvement in Syria, a view he expressed in an interview with Atlanta's NPR Station WABE 90.1 FM on Friday, just one day before President Barack Obama announced that while he supports military strike on Syria, he will seek congressional approval before moving forward.
“Where is our national security threatened with what is happening there?" asked the Georgia congressman. "There are regimes poisoning their people, shooting their people from the Congo of Africa all over the world. Do we go to every place?”
Scott expects the President to clarify in what way is U.S. security threatened by the Bashar al-Assad regime and what kind of proof does the administration have that the Syrian government is behind the August 21 chemical weapons attack which killed hundreds of civilians.
There are some reports from the past few months suggesting that the Syrian rebels have used Sarin nerve gas to kill civilians in order to coax the international community into intervening.
The congressman also voiced his concerns over the repercussions of getting involved in such volatile region where some nations might use U.S. actions against Syria as an excuse to attack American allies, such as Israel.
On Friday, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, all but promised an attack on Israel if U.S. gets involved in Syria.
"Do we have the evidence that it was Assad who did this or was it a part of a faction that he has to appease that did this? Do we know that it was done by him or maybe the rebels to pull the United States into this? "What will Iran do? What will Lebanon do? What will Russia do?" questioned Scott. "We have not been attacked. U.S. strikes will allow them to say, 'hey, we can go after Israel now.''
President Obama said he is looking forward to a debate and a vote in Congress after the lawmakers come back to Washington from summer recess on September 9th.
Congressman Scott represents Georgia's 13th congressional district.