Georgia’s U.S. Senators are responding to President Obama in the wake of his statement earlier today. The president said he has already authorized military force against Syria, but will take the debate to Congress.
Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., says he wishes the president would have called congress back to vote on the issue immediately instead of waiting until Congress reconvenes according to schedule.
“I support the use of military action in Syria,” says Isakson. “If we fail to take strong action against Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria, as well as to Iran and North Korea, that they are accountable to no one.”
Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also expressed that the president’s statement should have initiated swifter action.
“I believe the evidence is clear that the president’s red-line was crossed long ago, and the United States must respond,” says Chambliss. “However, while I appreciate the president seeking congressional approval, he should have already presented Congress with a strategy and objectives for military action, including what impact this will have on our allies and enemies alike in the region.”
Chambliss added, “Leadership is about reacting to a crisis, and quickly making the hard and tough decisions. The president should have demanded Congress return immediately and debate this most serious issue.”
Congress is expected to reconvene on September 9, 2013, when the issue will be debated and an official decision may be reached.