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Congressman Walz Joins House Republicans on Syria Concerns

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MANKATO, Minn. -

The Obama Administration is looking at military options concerning Syria and its use of chemical weapons in that country's civil war.
 
But more than a hundred Congressmen, mostly Republicans, have requested that the President seek Congressional approval before any military action...
Along with *Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. 
 
"No one's denying the reckless disregard for human rights of Assad over several years of civil war and now crossing into chemical weapons. But the purpose of [the letter to President Obama pushing for Congressional approval of any military action in Syria] is that these types of decisions should, Constitutionally, go through Congress. The American people need to vet this. I think the question I have is that - no one is denying that the act needs a response; the question is what's the appropriate response. What is the best interest of the United States and are all options being considered before going forward. My colleagues and I sent the letter simply asking the President to do what needs to be done and come to Congress, let's have this debate, made sure the American people's voices are heard and make sure that plan is clearly articulated."

Congressman Walz got his start in Washington opposing the Iraq War. While he didn't specifically say no action should be taken by the U.S. against the Assad regime in our interview today, he did list strong reservations about what exactly was the U.S. responsibility when it comes to a very clouded situation in Syria, as well as disappointment in the absence of the anti-war Left.

"I feel somewhat disappointed. I think there needs to be some consistency on this. I'm not going to question the motives of my Republican friends, they're right on this. They're right in their expression. I know there have been many who say, 'these people were silent when President Bush was in office'. That really doesn't matter to me at this point. They are right about this. They're articulating the right constitutional stand on it. And I would be remiss if I didn't say I'm somewhat disappointed that there aren't more voices on our side of the aisle questioning and slowing this down."
 
We have much more from our interview with Congressman Walz about Syria in a web extra http://www.keyc.com/story/23294212/congressman-walz-comments-on-syria