September 1, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he will ask Congress to authorize military force in Syria.

"I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered.  I found the evidence presented by Administration officials to be circumstantial.  The atrocious use of chemical weapons against civilians is an affront to human values and a violation of international law.  It should be condemned by the international community as a whole.  

"The coming debate in Congress will hopefully shine the light on outstanding questions -- as will the results of the U.N. inspection team.  We must wait for these results before any action is taken.  What I hear from Iowans is that the Middle East has a complex history and the conflicts there will not be solved by U.S. military action alone.  We should not rush into what may become a new open-ended war without broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications."


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