It increasingly seems like the US is on the edge of war in Syria, and the new Congressperson will be involved with oversight for any actions we take. We deserve to know where the CD-5 candidates stand on this important issue.
I could only find a statement from one candidate. Will Brownsberger posted this on his website.
While chemical weapons are truly gruesome, so are conventional explosives. Perhaps 100,000 have died all together in the Syrian civil war and most of them through conventional weapons. It isn’t clear to me that the objective argument for intervention has suddenly gotten better. I view the intervention argument with great skepticism. All that said, at this point, I think we have created a problem for ourselves by identifying a red line. That red line has clearly been crossed — we probably have to make some kind of move. What that move is exactly and how we choose to follow it through remains very unclear. Hopefully, the response will be very measured and the follow through very restrained.
I’m glad he has addressed the issue, but the answer is not particularly satisfying to me. I hope he will expand on these comments on his website, and I expect the other candidates to issue statements soon.
If I’ve missed a statement from any of the other candidates, please share in the comments. This is a critical issue that does not seem to be getting the robust public debate it deserves. Let’s make sure the candidates are on the hook and forced to join the conversation. (I’m glad to see the discussion in jconway’s post.)