A local lawmaker says he can't currently support a U.S. military strike against Syria.
In a statement released Thursday, 16th district Republican congressman Jim Renacci says though the use of chemical weapons is "horrific and deplorable", he doesn't believe President Obama has laid out a "clear goal" for American military action in Syria.
Renacci says the president has shown a "shocking lack of leadership", and says he's concerned that military strikes will aid rebel groups with ties to Al Qaeda.
(Statement released by the office of Rep. Jim Renacci) Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement announcing he cannot currently support a resolution authorizing a strike against the nation of Syria:
“There can be no doubt that the use of chemical weapons is a horrific and deplorable act, one that should be rejected by the entire international community. However, I have waited for President Obama and his Administration to lay out a clear goal for American military action in Syria and to define our mission there. To date, I do not believe they have done so. In fact, the President has shown a shocking lack of leadership to this point, even before he punted the issue to Congress. I also maintain my deep concern that through these strikes we may assist some rebel groups that have been infiltrated by radical Islamist elements like Al Qaeda. Therefore, at this time I cannot vote to put American men and women in harm’s way in any capacity as it pertains to Syria.”