N.H. Congressional Delegation Urges Caution On Syria

Aug 29, 2013

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is urging caution as the United States weighs a military strike against Syria.

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says while it is obvious President Bashar Assad has committed crimes against humanity, she says the solution isn’t yet clear.

“If we have too strong a strike, we might replace Assad with equally bad actors. And if we do a light strike, it might bolster his claim that the United States and other countries are attacking him, but he has survived and he is strong.”

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States had concluded the Syrian government was responsible for a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians.

Both Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster and Senator Jeanne Shaheen say that while Assad must be held accountable, they not in favor of putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria.

Senator Kelly Ayotte called the chemical attacks in Syria deplorable.

She says she would support strategic military action, but only after President Obama clearly stated the justification and objectives, and had built a broad international coalition and consulted with Congress.