President makes plea for military strike on Syria, local lawmakers vow to vote against it
POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 9:57pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 9:57pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The situation with Syria took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when that country's government agreed to a plan proposed by Russia to surrender its chemical weapons to the international community.
President Obama will postpone the Congressional vote for a proposed military strike against Syria, in light of the recent diplomatic developments.
Local lawmakers have made it quite clear that they aren't convinced military action against Syria is the way to go.
"I think it's important that we focus our efforts as the most powerful country on the planet in aiding the more than 2 million refugees that this civil war has produced, and working towards a negotiated, politically solution to this instead of a military one," said US Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D) from El Paso.
O'Rourke said he would vote "No" to a unilateral American strike against Syria, a decision well-received by many on social media.
While others do support the idea of war with Syria, US Congressman Steve Pearce from Alamagordo said his office received overwhelming opposition to it.
And like O'Rourke, Pearce called for a diplomatic solution saying quote, "American soldiers and their families have sacrificed enough.. American taxpayers have given enough. The rest of the world needs to step up - America cannot fight every battle."
"Ultimately, I just don't think it is within our country's and our community's interest to go to war with Syria, and I don't know that it would help the people in Syria, who we purport to want to assist in the midst of this civil war," said O'Rourke.
Many in Washington remain skeptical of Syria - waiting to see if they're being serious or just stalling.
During his speech Tuesday night, President Obama made his case, line-by-line, responding to every argument he has heard against a military strike in Syria.