Opposition Mounts to War With Syria
By Harold Hutchison
Barack Obama could lose a vote in the House of Representatives on a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria in response to the 21 August chemical weapons attack that killed over 1,400 people. According to Politico.com, despite support from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), no more than 60 Republicans appear likely to support a strike on the Assad regime.
One Republican who had initially supported a response now is opposing the use of force, according to the Washington Post, Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) changed his position based on feedback from his constituents.
“I am no longer convinced that a U.S. strike on Syria will yield a benefit to the United States that will not be greatly outweighed by the extreme cost of war. Now that the Assad regime has seen our playbook and has been given enough time to prepare and safeguard potential targets, I do not feel that we have enough to gain as a nation by moving forward with this attack on our own,” he said in a statement.