U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga) spoke with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant on Georgia's Morning News radio show today, where he sharply criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy, especially concerning Syria.
"This goes back to a president who has, at best, a weak foreign policy," said Collins during the radio town hall. "He has presented himself from day one as someone who wants to go around the world, his own words, and improve America's image, or basically appease, or apologize... And it's really put us in a position of no one I think in the Middle East…worries about us, they want us when they need us but for the most part they're not fearful or scared, and I'm not sure that's the exact words that you wanna use, but at least they respected us and right now we don't seem to be getting that."
Collins said that the President had a chance to take action in Syria two years ago but took "a pass" and now it is more difficult to determine whom to help and how.
"I'm at the point: don't send anything to Syria because we don't know what will be turned around and used against us somewhere else," said Collins.
The Georgia congressman also voiced his concerns over the use of chemical weapons in the region and what Collins views as administration's less than clear message on that issue.
Collins himself is unclear on what is the objective of America's possible involvement in the Syrian conflict.
The congressman served two years in the United States Navy as a Navy-Chaplain in the 80s and after 9/11 joined the United States Air Force Reserve Command as a Major-Chaplain. Collins was deployed for five months to Balad Air Base in Iraq in 2008.
Drawing on his military experience, Collins said that if the point of American involvement is to take out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said he will stay in power until the very end, then US will be officially at war with Syria and a half–hearted effort will not be enough.
Collins also pointed out that if America decided to put "boots on the ground" in Syria, the troops would have no staging areas, such as Kuwait in 2003 when US went into Iraq, which would make the operation extremely difficult.
Any military action on the side of America and its allies in the Syrian region could also translate into a flat out war against Russia, Syria's most important international ally throughout the entire civil war conflict.
Collins represents Georgia's ninth congressional district.