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Like some other Republicans, Mr. Paul has said there is no reason to believe that bombing Syria will serve the national security interests of the United States.

The two Iowa GOP officials argue much the same thesis on their letter, saying, “Syria is mired in a dangerous civil war and while the news of the conflict there is troubling, it does not present a threat to American security. In fact, American intervention is likely to make things worse and create new enemies. Some intelligence reports even indicate the rebel forces you’re contemplating helping may actually be made up of al Qaeda itself.”

“There are few things in politics that actually bring Americans together, but 90 percent of Americans oppose a war in Syria. Yet somehow, Mr. President, you and some of our other so-called leaders are gearing up to take us into an unwanted, undeclared, unconstitutional war in Syria. It’s time to put an end to this nonsense and mind the store here at home,” Mr. Spiker and Mr. Fischer wrote.

At least one top former Republican cabinet official considered a war hawk during his service under President George W. Bush, when the U.S. invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, has also changed his tune when it comes
to Syria.

“There really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation,” former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on the Fox Business Network on Wednesday.

Other Republican leaders are jumping aboard the effort.

Reached for comment, Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere said given past claims by administrations in Washington about hostile acts and intentions by foreign countries, it’s now hard to know whether the Obama administration claims that Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians or whether the rebels did it and tried to pin it on the Syrian government. And even if the guilty party is the Assad government, it is hard to see how bombing will change anything, Mr.Villere said.

“Obama needs to go to Congress to make his case that bombing Syria will have any positive effects for the people there or for the United States,” Mr. Villere said.