Congressman Ted Yoho’s message on Syria is clear: the U.S. needs to explore diplomacy before considering a military strike.
“We’re attacking a sovereign nation that has not attacked us,” Yoho tells WOKV.
He says the Arab League needs to weigh in the conflict more than they have and put pressure on Syria.
“This is something that’s in their backyard, and they need to have a stronger voice in this.”
Yoho says he doesn’t want to have to commit young American men and women to the conflict if it should come to that in the future, and most of his constituents in Northeast Florida agree.
“Over ninety percent of the calls say ‘Stay out of Syria’,” he says.
Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the international community needs to respond to the use of chemical weapons. Yoho says that’s inconsistent policy.
“Are we going in just under the use of chemical warfare? I mean I don’t see the reasoning.”
According to Yoho, the international community has long agreed that countries shouldn’t use chemical weapons. But they also agreed that countries are in violation of the agreement if they produce, transport or store them.
“North Korea has chemical weapons,” he says. “Saddam Hussein had them. He used them against the Kurds in the eighties. Nothing was done at this point. So my question is: Why now? Why the U.S.?”