UPDATE: Okla. elected officials say ‘No’ to U.S. intervention in Syria
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma elected officials are voicing their opposition to U.S. intervention in Syria.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, Congressman Tom Cole, Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Rep. James Lankford and Congressman Jim Bridenstine have all stated they are not in support of President Barack Obama’s plan for Syria.
Sen. Inhofe stated in a news release, “I’ve said repeatedly the President must first explain our objectives and end state in Syria, present a long-term strategy for the region and the means to fund it, as well as clarify the risks associated with military intervention. Despite several years of bloodshed, we’re just now seeing a last minute rush by the White House to gain the support of Congress and the American people. Until the President comes forward with answers to these questions, no one should vote to authorize an act of war on Syria.”
Congressman Cole said at a town hall meeting, “There is no compelling American security issue there. At this point, why we would go in there is beyond me. You can waste a lot of blood and treasure in these things. We should be the first to know.”
Congressman Mullin said in a statement, “I believe it is not the responsibility of the United States to get involved in a country’s civil war. Neither side in this civil war has the United States’ best interest in mind. I cannot support any U.S. military action or involvement in Syria.”
Rep. Lankford said, “I remain opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war. It is my belief that U.S. military involvement in Syria’s civil war is not in our national interest.”
Wednesday Sen. Tom Coburn still had not publicly stated whether he is for or against the United State taking action in Syria.
Congressman Frank Lucas also has yet to say if he supports action or not.