(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced he will oppose the Syria resolution. Yesterday he participated in a briefing for Senate Armed Services Committee members with Charles Hagel, Secretary of Defense and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding potential military action in Syria. Vitter made the following statement this morning:
“After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution.
As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded.
There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region – Iran's development of nuclear weapons. I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible.”
Vitter is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.