posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 07:00 PM
Mine responded with an email
Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns and views about the events unfolding in Syria and the proposed American response. I appreciate
hearing from you.
President Obama, as required under the War Powers Act, is consulting Congress before taking action related to the use of chemical weapons by the
Government of Syria. I applaud him for pursuing this consultation, since various Presidents have at times ignored this requirement.
I take the events in Syria and the consultation process extremely seriously. There are many aspects of this that I am reviewing. One is to understand
the full scope of evidence pertaining to the reported use of nerve agents by Syria. In addition, why isn't there more of a coordinated international
response since, as President Obama has pointed out, the "red line" on chemical weapons is an "international" red line?
Another aspect is to understand the full range of potential policy instruments that might both bring the international community together and deter
future use of chemical weapons. Have we fully explored non-military options including statements of condemnation, ejection from international
organizations, economic sanctions, and war crime tribunals?
Moreover, what are the risks of escalation and retaliation of largely unilateral actions? And what is the consequence of the U.S. and the
international community failing to respond substantively, whether in a military or non-military manner, to the use of chemical munitions?
These are some of the issues that I am intently examining to understand the pros and cons of the options before us. I deeply appreciate knowing your
views on this very important issue.
All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator"