Karen Handel addressed the Cobb Young Republicans last evening and gave a fairly unequivocal statement on her position regarding a possible military strike on Syria. Today, the campaign has released the following written statement:
The murders of so many innocent people by their own government are horrific and beyond reprehensible and must be condemned in the harshest possible terms.
President Obama has done the right thing in seeking congressional approval for his proposed actions. However, the President’s lack of leadership and continued policy of leading from behind have largely left our country in this position. The President drew a line in the sand a year ago, and that line was crossed—with no response from the administration. Military action must be based on the national security interests and not on saving face for the President.
Based upon the information I have today, I would vote against authorizing military force in Syria. In determining the necessity of military action, the national security interests of the United States must be paramount, and there must be clearly defined and achievable goals and outcomes.
In my view, the President has yet to articulate a clearly defined scope of action and set of objectives for using military force in Syria. The President has a responsibility to explain his rationale in the clearest of terms to the American people and their representatives in Congress. This case has not been made, as evidenced by the overwhelming opposition of the American people. That’s why I would vote no.