JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis doesn’t think President Obama laid out a clear military objective in his address to the nation Tuesday night.
“Deterring Assad is not a clear objective,” he says.
He also sees a military strike causing the situation to escalate, despite what the President says.
“So you went in because he used gas, and then he responds by using more, so what’s your response gonna be? And you’re gonna have to escalate.”
He says if the President uses military force, he’s going to be “hoping” that President Assad will not respond.
“Bottom line is, having a strategy where you’re striking some targets and then just hoping that the enemy doesn’t respond, I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it.”
DeSantis says if the President doesn’t have a clear, attainable objective, and he doesn’t have the support of the American people, then “I think most of us would say then you probably shouldn’t authorize force.”
The President promised he will not put boots in the ground, but DeSantis says “that’s not dependent solely on us. It’s dependent on what happens.”
He also says he thinks President Vladimir Putin is going to “try to humiliate” the President and allow him to “walk into a trap.”
“And oh, by the way, the whole idea that you’re going to somehow go in there and secure chemical weapons in the middle of a sectarian civil war in the Muslim world…gimme a break,” DeSantis says.