Washington, D.C. — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Dave Loebsack both have concerns about possible American Military action in Syria, and would like more information.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Obama said he is prepared to take action against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. While the President is Commander in Chief of the military, only Congress has the authority to declare war. Obama intends to seek Congressional approval before moving forward.
"I'm ready to act in the face of this outrage. Today I am asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move forward together as one nation," the WSJ quotes Obama as saying.
The White House routinely releases transcripts of Obama's statements and conferences. The Journal-Express receives these, but nothing has been received regarding Obama's statements on this issue.
“I met with Iowans in 15 communities this week. There are a lot of questions about possible military action by the United States against the Syrian government. Statements today by the Secretary of State and our President are compelling, and there’s no doubt the world community should be united in condemning any chemical weapons attack. Congress has an important part in reflecting the concerns and views of Americans and should convene to discuss Syria and the role and response of the United States under our tradition of moral leadership as well as what is a national security interest of the United States and what justifies the expenditure of U.S. resources. I want to know what the goal of the military strike is, how civilian casualties will be avoided, what the strategic plan is, and how we will know if the effort was successful," Grassley said in a statement.
No statement has been received from Sen. Tom Harkin's office, nor is there a release about Syria available on his Senate website.