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Rep. Rohrabacher: Our military should not be engaged in any way in the Syrian conflict

Sep 4, 2013

The American people are war weary. We should pay attention to their common sense. We should not engage in conflicts around the world unless they directly affect our national security. This is not the case with Syria.  Both sides of the Syrian conflict are dominated by forces opposed not only to American interests but to American values.  For those who say we should intervene against Assad because he's a dictator, we should have learned our lesson in Iraq, which cost us the lives of 6,000 Americans and tens of thousands wounded, not to mention a trillion dollars added to the debt that hangs around the necks of the American people.  Even worse, those we sacrificed for are not grateful.  Getting involved in Syria would be even worse because it would indicate we haven't learned our lesson.  America should not retreat from the world, nor can we police the world.  Our military should not be engaged in any way in the Syrian conflict. 

I will therefore vote against any resolution approving America's military engagement in the Syrian conflict.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.