Sept. 5, 2013. Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) sought answers today in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ hearing on Syria. The three witnesses testifying before the Committee included Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
“Congress must be fully informed about any decision to use military force,” Meadows said. “The Obama administration is using terminology such as ‘limited scope’ to sell this intervention to the American people. Will this action actually have any impact on the ground? Does the president’s authorization still apply if Syria transfers its weapons to Hezbollah or Iran?
“My other concern is whether involvement in Syria would constitute a systemic change in America’s foreign policy going forward. Secretary Kerry told the Committee that chemical weapons have been used in Syria 11 times, yet we have done nothing to this point. When I questioned him about these previous attacks, Secretary Kerry did not present a convincing case as to why this atrocity, over all the others, merits Congress authorizing the use of military force in another country’s civil war.”
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