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Wed September 11, 2013
Texas Senator Cornyn Opposes Airstrike On Syria, Calling It 'Reckless'
Reaction from lawmakers – from Texas and elsewhere -- continues to pour in following last night’s presidential address to the nation about Syria.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said that a U.S. attack that allows Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power wouldn’t promote U.S. national security interests. Cornyn calls a strike "reckless" and "ill-advised."
“[President Obama’s] failed to make the case that a short, limited military campaign would promote our vital interests and our national security,” Cornyn said in a speech today on the Senate floor. “He's failed to lay out clear and realistic objectives that could be attained through the use of that military force. And he's failed to offer a compelling description of how his proposed intervention would advance America's broader foreign policy strategy - indeed, how it would advance his own policy of regime change.”
Texas’ other Republican senator, Ted Cruz, wrote in The Washington Post earlier this week that he doesn’t believe that a “limited airstrike, as proposed by the president, will lead to success or improve conditions in Syria.”
In case you’ve fallen behind on Syria news, here’s a primer from The Post: Cheatsheet: What You Need To Know About Syria
And here are other links to today’s coverage from NPR and elsewhere:
- NPR: Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?
- NPR: Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis
- NPR: Obama's Problem: The Path Forward In Syria Is No Clearer
- The New York Times: Planned as Call to Act, Obama’s Speech Became a Plea for Time
Watch Obama's address from Tuesday night:
Watch Cornyn's address from today: