U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) today (Friday, Aug. 30) released the following statement regarding U.S. involvement in Syria in the wake of reported chemical weapons attacks on Syrian civilians:
“As it stands now, U.S. military involvement in Syria lacks a solid legal basis, a clear long-term strategy, and vital international and domestic approval. Though intelligence has been presented by the Obama Administration, I am not convinced that it serves the purpose of justifying military force or other intervention in Syria. This is an issue that deserves a rigorous and transparent debate about its ends and its means. …
“The last decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrated what comes of war waged with poor planning. Faulty intelligence on WMDs drew us into a bloody struggle in Iraq. Our friends in Great Britain remembered this, and have taken a reserved approach to Syria. I believe it will likewise serve our national interests for President Obama to seek thorough and ongoing Congressional consultation, and await a full review of evidence presented by the UN before considering action in Syria. …”
American and Chinese military representatives met at Pearl Harbor this week for two days of talks designed to “reduce the likelihood of incidents at sea and in the air,” the Pacific Fleet announced Wednesday.