The Duncan Banner

September 9, 2013

Cole says no to U.S. military action in Syria

By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole plans to vote against U.S. military action in Syria, calling it an inappropriate use of American power that would only be used to make a diplomatic point.

“More importantly, my constituents certainly have not been convinced that this policy is wise, prudent or without risk,” Cole, R-Okla., said in a news release Monday.

“I represent 750,000 people, and when those people think this strongly about such an important issue, I certainly have an obligation to make sure their views are reflected in my vote.”

Cole represents Oklahoma’s 4th congressional district, which includes Duncan and all of Stephens County.

President Obama is trying to garner congressional backing for military strikes on Syria as retribution for its president, Bashar Assad, allegedly backing a poisonous gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,400 people.

The Democrat-led U.S. Senate could vote on military action later this week and Obama plans to give a speech too the nation Tuesday night. But even if Obama wins the Senate vote, getting the Republican-controlled House to go along appears to be in serious doubt.