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Bill Johnson Reacts to President Obama's Address on Syria

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Washington, September 10, 2013 | Mollie Riester (202.225.5705) | comments
"If the House of Representatives is asked to vote on the current plan to attack Syria, on behalf of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, I will vote no.”
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After watching the President’s address to the nation on Syria this evening, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), who had been previously ‘leaning no’ on a United States military intervention, has issued the following response:

“During my 26 years in the Air Force, I commanded troops in tense times, even as great nations inched toward war. That experience steeled my resolve to fight when our national interests are directly threatened. But as a career military officer, I also learned that America's greatest power is not in our weaponry, but rather in our humanity, our model of freedom, and our faith in God. Now that I'm in Congress, I rely upon these guideposts to inform me on decisions of war and peace.

Tonight I listened carefully to the President, as I've listened in other briefings and hearings. Although the President is suddenly suggesting a diplomatic solution with Russia and Syria - neither of whom we have any hope can be trusted - nothing Mr. Obama or his team said convinces me that his proposed strikes on Syria will have any real effect in preventing any future chemical weapons attacks.  Indeed, Mr. Obama does not seem to fully appreciate how volatile the Middle East currently is, and how a haphazard military action might well have the same effect as a random match tossed into a barn full of dry hay.

If the House of Representatives is asked to vote on the current plan to attack Syria, on behalf of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, I will vote no.”

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