On Labor Day, Rep. John Larson held a forum on Syria at Town Hall in West Hartford. Since it was in West Hartford, I decided to go and listen to the voters of the 1st Congressional District. There were plenty of passionate pleas with the majority articulating reasons not to intervene.
As I state in this video, it wasn’t my intention to speak but while Rep. Larson was replying to various speakers, he stated it was President Obama’s responsibility, not Larson’s, to make the case for intervention in Syria to the American people. After he repeated this, I felt compelled to share my concerns.
In essence, I don’t believe Pres. Obama will have the time to make the case to the American people before a vote. And really, hasn’t his Administration tried to do that for awhile?
Secondly, and more of a concern to me, is if we are to rely upon President Obama’s justification for war, what confidence do we have we will be told the truth? In my comments, I cite Benghazi. Susan Rice made appearances on five Sunday morning talk shows stating an unknown video caused the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. But worse, Pres. Obama went and spoke at the U.N. telling the entire world that a video was again responsible for inciting the violence–not a planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11.
This has become a trend of this Administration. Whether purposeful or not, we are continually misled or lied to about certain events. We were told the IRS “tea party” scandal was simply due to the actions of ”two rogue agents in Cincinnati.” Fast & Furious started with numerous denials followed by blaming the ATF. And yesterday, Pres. Obama told the entire world he “didn’t set a red line.” He went on to blame Congress, and then the world, for setting the red line. We are fast
approaching war and we have a President in denial and afraid to lead.
I am concerned we haven’t heard any politician articulate how a military strike would be in our national interest. What exactly is the stated objective or mission? Do we know where the chemical weapons came from or even who used them? Has anyone dared to ask what could go wrong? And why, after an American President clearly stated he is drawing a red line, would President al-Assad purposefully use chemical weapons? If the case needs to be made to the American people, I don’t believe it has been done.
Please watch this video. It was a nice cordial interaction with my former opponent while I articulated my concerns of military action in Syria.