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Cole Opposes Military Intervention in Syria

September 5, 2013
Press Release

Norman, OK - Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement to express his opposition of any American military intervention in Syria.

“Military intervention in Syria is not in America’s best interest and is ill-advised,” said Cole. “The United States has not been attacked and neither have our allies. As it stands, this conflict is a civil war, a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and a religious war. America should avoid being drawn into this conflict. The president’s recent proposal is a gesture, not a clear policy or military strategy.

“Using our military to make a diplomatic point is unfair to the brave men and women who volunteered to defend the United States, and it is an inappropriate use of American military power.

“This is not just my opinion. It is the considered opinion of the people that I represent, expressed not at just one or two town halls, but literally at every public or private meeting and casual encounter I have had since the president decided to put this issue before Congress last Saturday. I represent 750,000 people, and when those people think this strongly about such an important issue, I certainly have an obligation to make sure their views are reflected in my vote. I have heard their opposition loud and clear and will not vote in favor of military intervention in Syria.

“American involvement in Syria could lead to something much worse, much more dangerous, and is certainly not going to advance or improve the situation in the Middle East,” concluded Cole.