In about-face, GOP lawmaker opposes Syria strike over Obama ‘bungling’

Rep. Michael Grimm was for a military strike against Syria before he was against it.

The New York Republican said Friday on “Fox and Friends” that he changed his mind because President Obama has “bungled” the situation in Syria and said he has “lost faith” in the commander-in-chief after he failed to move faster to response to the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

“The window to restore our credibility has already closed,” Mr. Grimm said. “I don’t believe the president has the resolve to make this a meaningful strike to really send a message not only to Assad, but to our enemies in Iran as well.”

Mr. Grimm delivered a different message over the weekend, telling the Staten Island Advance that he supported the president’s action.

“He is going to have to strike. He should use our superior air power, our naval power. These should be targeted strikes to disable their air force and where they hold their chemical weapons. The strikes should be at hard targets, like their airfields.”

Mr. Grimm has since changed his tune.

He said Friday that Mr. Obama has stepped back from his 2012 pledge that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would “change my calculus” and that he is not convinced that American troops will not be sent into to nation to secure areas.

“I don’t think the American people have the heart for this at this time,” Mr. Grimm said, adding that the level of danger has increased over the past 72 hours. “There is no easy answer here. I admit that this is a very difficult situation, but I think the president has made it more difficult than it needed to be, and I think he has put us in a difficult situation, and now he is really passing the buck to the Congress.”

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