Sep 11, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Washington, DC (September 10, 2013) – This evening, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the President’s primetime address to the nation on Syria:

“The civil war in Syria is not a place for American involvement,” said Pearce.  “The American soldier has sacrificed enough, and the American taxpayer has footed the bill for too long.  It is time for other countries to shoulder the burden.  Over the past few years, with revolutions throughout the Middle East, we have seen greater instability.  The President has stated publicly that a change in the Syrian regime is necessary, but I'm afraid that greater American involvement will only make it more unstable.

“The Russian government does not have American interests at heart, so I view their proposal with grave skepticism,” Pearce continued. “Although I fundamentally disagree with American intervention, and am glad to see the President rethinking a military strike, any diplomatic solution must yield tangible results that benefit the people of Syria and our allies in the region.”