WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement Tuesday after President Obama addressed the nation regarding Syria. Earlier, Loebsack questioned administration officials at a House Armed Service Committee hearing about what the results of a strike would be. Monday, Loebsack viewed classified materials and received classified briefings. He has also encouraged Iowans to visit his website, http://loebsack.house.gov/syria, to share their thoughts about the situation in Syria.
“I think the administration has been moving too quickly on Syria and am pleased that the vote to authorize the use of force has been taken off the table at this time. The use of chemical weapons against civilians is morally reprehensible and should be unequivocally condemned by the international community. While I remain skeptical of the prospects for success of the proposed diplomatic plan, we should always examine any diplomatic option that is presented. At this point I cannot support the use of unilateral U.S. military force in Syria. Too many pieces of the puzzle are left on the table to authorize such a dramatic step. After more than a decade of war during which time our troops and military families have made great sacrifices on our behalf, we must exercise extreme caution in undertaking any military action.”