Cook opposes military action in Syria
WASHINGTON • Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, issued a statement Wednesday opposing military action in Syria.
Cook, who represents the High Desert in the 8th Congressional District, said in the statement that “it would be a mistake to intervene in a Syrian civil war.”
President Barack Obama delayed a Congressional vote on taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but the Administration has not ruled out the possibility of a strike if a diplomatic solution cannot be reached.
“Having reviewed the evidence as part of the House Armed Services Committee,” Cook said in Wednesday’s statement, “the plan presented by the Obama Administration to launch an ‘unbelievably small’ strike is not sufficient either to destroy Syrian President Assad’s stocks of chemical weapons or to deter him from additional chemical attacks.”
Cook, a former Marine who sits on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees, feels action against Syria is opposed by the people of his district, which includes the greater Victor Valley and Barstow.
“After hearing from hundreds of constituents, reviewing the evidence and taking part in numerous classified and public hearings over the past week, I cannot support the President’s request for authorization to intervene in a Syrian civil war,” Cook said.