From Congressman Morgan Griffith's E-Newsletter:
"Syria – A Vote of Conscience
I have been hearing from people throughout the Ninth District of Virginia about President Obama’s request that Congress authorize military action in Syria. This is a grave and serious issue, and I am grateful for every opinion I have received. More than 1,200 people have contacted my offices to formally express their views on this matter. Also, I have personally spoken with hundreds of people at meetings, in grocery store parking lots, at football games, and in church. In fact, this issue has surpassed Second Amendment Rights as the top issue that my office has received contact on since January 1, 2013.
I am still gathering information and listening to the Administration’s case, and am wrestling with a number of important questions. As Democrat Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) said on Sunday, September 8, “the minute that one of those cruise missiles lands in there, we are in the Syrian war,” “for the President to say this is just, you know, a very quick thing and we're out of there [pause] that's how long wars start,” and “you can’t just lob in a few missiles and say that that’s the end.” I tend to agree with her on this.
On the other hand, the President is right in that the use of chemical weapons should not be accepted by the international community. At the time of this writing, a September 9 suggestion by Secretary of State John Kerry that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week” appears to have been tentatively welcomed by the Russian and Syrian foreign ministers as a possible way to avoid an American attack. If Russia and Syria are serious and willing to prove that they mean it, hasn’t the Administration’s point been made?
On Saturday, September 7, my family and I were fortunate enough to attend the Virginia Tech home opener in Blacksburg. As I watched the Corps of Cadets file into Lane Stadium, my thoughts went to the importance this decision will have on the lives of these and other young people.
At times like this, I am reminded of The Wizard of Oz’s Cowardly Lion. To borrow from him, “What makes a King out of a slave? Courage. What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.” As a nation, we must possess the courage to act when it is in our nation’s best interest, the courage to refrain from action when action is not in our nation’s best interest, and the wisdom to determine the difference. At this time I’m not sure it is in the United States’ strategic interest to intervene militarily, though I remain willing to listen to the Administration’s case. Respectfully, I seek prayers for discernment from you as the debate regarding any involvement in the Syrian civil war continues.