"After carefully weighing this very important issue, I have decided that I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria," said Isakson in a statement. “Over the past week, I have traveled my state and have talked personally to hundreds of Georgians. Thousands more constituents have contacted my office by phone and email. It is clear to me that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose our country getting involved militarily in Syria.
“The administration’s lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling.”
This is a significant change for Isakson, who has been outspoken about a need of military intervention in Syria for several months now. His statement from just nine days ago read as follows:
“It is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress, although I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9. I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action against Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and North Korea that they are accountable to no one.”
President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for S.J. Resolution 21, congressional authorization of military strikes against the Syrian government.