President Barack Obama this weekend said he will let Congress decide whether to attack Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad that is reported to have killed more than 1,400 people and violated international rules of war.
“I am open to supporting a resolution giving the president the go ahead to act in Syria,” Lipinski said. “But the resolution needs to explicitly say no combat troops will be involved. He needs to put a limited period of time on any action.”
Lipinski further clarified his stance in a statement released this week: “I am happy that the President heeded the call I made - along with a large number of my House colleagues - that he consult with Congress before launching any military action in Syria. There is a serious humanitarian crisis in Syria and there is a threat that the conflict spreads. And the use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of prohibitions against the use of such weapons. But before I would approve the use of force I need to understand not only the proof of chemical weapons use, but also what military actions the President is planning and what the risks and benefits of these actions are in the short term and the long term.”