An influential conservative group is pressuring lawmakers to vote against a resolution authorizing President Obama to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad to punish him for his reported use of chemical weapons.
Freedomworks officials announced Friday that they will score the vote on the resolution against lawmakers, saying that if members of Congress ignore the will of the people and support a strike they will being doing so “at their own peril.”
“When they convene, Congress will consider short-term actions,” said Matt Kibbe, the group’s president. “They should also reflect upon long-term costs associated with those actions. There is no guarantee that ‘limited’ military operations in Syria will lead to a ‘limited’ result. The costs of brinksmanship in an ongoing civil war are steep, and a collapse of state would fall in our laps. In other words, if we break it, we buy it.”
President Obama is trying to rally support in Congress for a limited strike. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution this week on a 10-7 vote that would give Mr. Obama 90 days to carry out a limited strike and push for him to offer more support to the rebel forces fighting against the Assad regime.