JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw is telling WOKV why he is now coming out against Congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria.
“There’s no way to know what the reaction to a strike might be,” Crenshaw says. “There are too many risks.”
He says he’s listened to his constituents from Northeast Florida, and they “overwhelmingly” oppose action in Syria. He said about 90 percent are against it.
Still, Rep. Crenshaw believes there is “strong evidence” that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was involved with the chemical weapons attack on August 21.
“My point has always been: if this was a violation of the world’s red line, then where is the rest of the world?”
He believes if the U.S. takes military action in Syria, the country could end up in a situation “much worse” than if no action is taken at all.
“There’s no question that it would be very easy to see this escalate into some sort of literal war,” he says.
Rep. Crenshaw says if there are ways to deal with the situation diplomatically, then “we certainly should move in that direction.”
But at this point, as far as authorizing military force, he says his answer is “no.”