Syria Is Not Our Fight

Over the past weeks, the question of whether the United States should initiate a military strike on Syria has dominated the political landscape in Washington and at home in Arkansas. After Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad purportedly used chemical weapons on his own people, violating a “red line” set by President Obama, suddenly we have found ourselves in a situation where we are dangerously close to intervention.

The response from those of you in Arkansas’ First District has been overwhelming and united across ideological lines. I first attended a classified briefing put on by the White House three weeks ago, long before this had blown up in the public eye as the major issue it has now become. I expressed serious doubts about the necessity of military action and felt unclear about the President’s objectives for an intervention. Once the calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts began rolling in, your response fortified my own thoughts and ultimately led to my announcement that I would vote no on any authorization of force resolution, barring a major change in events.

I agree with military officials who say that had the President utilized the options at his disposal a year ago, rather than engaging in empty rhetoric, we could have averted this crisis altogether. Unfortunately, the case has not been sufficiently made that the Syrian conflict is of direct importance to America’s national security and the small strike advocated by the White House has been roundly criticized as unlikely to have any major impact on the Syrian regime or its ability or willingness to carry out a similar chemical weapons attack. In addition, the likelihood that a retaliatory strike from the Syrian regime on our neighboring allies, not least Israel, could occur and drag us into a prolonged military engagement that could involve other nations such as Iran or Russia, is of serious concern.

Ultimately, a lack of leadership and clear vision from the President has cost us credibility on the global stage. The Syrian conflict is not our fight to engage in – and the American people have spoken loud and clear on this issue. As this issue develops, I am keeping your concerns in mind, and look forward to continuing to do so as the First District of Arkansas’ voice in Congress.


Syria Is Not Our Fight

Recent Posts

Jun 14, 2024
Veterans' Affairs

Arkansas House Delegation to McDonough: The Politicization of the VA is Inappropriate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara Robertson, Crawford Brooke Nethercott, Hill Sarah Henderson, Westerman Olivia Tripodi, Womack Arkansas House Delegation to McDonough: The Politicization of the VA is Inappropriate 6/14/2024 Washington, D.C. — Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03), and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis […]

May 29, 2024

Arkansas Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Boozman, Sara Lasure or Matthew Wester Cotton, Caroline Tabler or Patrick McCann Crawford, Sara Robertson Hill, Brooke Nethercott Womack, Olivia Tripodi Westerman, Sarah Henderson Arkansas Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration 5/29/2024 Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Steve Womack, Rick Crawford, French Hill and Bruce Westerman—wrote to President Joe Biden urging him to […]

Rep. Crawford Introduces EOD Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Sara Robertson ( Rep. Crawford Introduces EOD Legislation 5/22/2024 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced a series of bills this week that will improve the welfare of our military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel. Crawford, the founder and chairman of the House EOD Caucus, worked with caucus members on the House […]