Conservatives unlikely to side with Obama on Syria

It isn’t always quite easy to predict where some conservatives will stand on some issues simply because they have been somewhat inconsistent when faced with matters of great importance to their base, but the unpredictability seems to be withering. Especially when it comes to foreign policy.

In a statement issued Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed he believed that the “United States has significant national interests at stake in the conflict in Syria,” but while Congress doesn’t engage in a full debate into the matter, he sees “no good options” and firmly believes that the President still has quite some work to do to convince them an air strike is the best way to go about this problem.

While Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) congratulated President Obama on reaching out to Congress for authorization before a strike, she didn’t seem to come to terms with the rationale the President is using to justify the attack. According to the congresswoman, “President Obama has not demonstrated a vital American national security interest in the conflict in Syria or a clear strategy outlining what the use of force would accomplish. The American people do not support a military intervention and I cannot vote for one.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) also issued a statement after Obama’s announcement. According to Ryan, the President has some work to do to recover from his grave missteps in Syria. He needs to clearly demonstrate that the use of military force would strengthen America’s security. I want to hear his case to Congress and to the American people.”

Barack Obama

While most Americans oppose any military intervention in Syria over concerns related to the country’s interest in the region, most democrats are OK with simply ignoring their concerns. Conservatives and libertarian-leaning Republicans have come forward to show they stand with their base in opposition to any involvement in Syria.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has pointed out that when it comes to foreign policy, “GWB-era” is “nearly extinct among GOP grassroots.” The congressman from Michigan had strong words for Senators John McCain (R-AR) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Monday. According to Amash, Republicans in D.C. “either didn’t get the memo or haven’t been home in a while” to learn that the GOP base does not want to be involved in yet another war in the middle east.

Obama’s goals with his campaign to strike Syria are still very vague. Congress should not give the President the approval he seeks to carry out actions that haven’t been made clear yet simply because he is the commander in chief and we are told we should trust him, no matter what.


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