U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga) will vote against the authorization of military strikes against the Syrian government, according to a statement released Monday evening after the Georgia congressman attended a classified briefing on Syria.
“I intend to vote against authorizing the president to use military force in Syria," said Graves in a statement. "The Obama Administration has not provided a clear or convincing strategy for inserting our military into the conflict. I am also deeply concerned about the extent to which al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists are involved in the rebellion."
Graves also warned that if Congress does not approve U.S. military involvement in the conflict, President Barack Obama should not ignore it.
Some commentators have wondered if the president, who specifically pointed out that he does not need Congress' approval to carry out the "limited" and "narrow" strike, is planning to carry on with his plans despite congressional opposition.
“President Obama has made clear his opinion that this situation does not currently present a direct or imminent threat to the United States," said Graves. "If a resolution to authorize force fails to pass, the president must refrain from engaging militarily in Syria.”
Graves, who represents Georgia's 14th congressional district, joins three of his Peach State colleagues who already declared their opposition to the strikes: Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga-10), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga-11) and Robert Woodall (R-Ga-07).