Meadows: National security isn't at stake in Syria conflict

By Vicki Hyatt | Sep 02, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows gets ready to hand out another handful of candy at the Canton Labor Day parade.

CANTON — U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will cut his summer recess short to address pressing foreign matters.

Meadows, who walked in the Monday Labor Day parade in Canton, said he's heading back to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to discuss the Syria issue.

Last week, intelligence information strongly indicated Syria's  Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons to quell opposition, resulting in the death of 1,429, including 427 children. U.S. President Barack Obama is urging a limited, punitive response against the Assad regime, but has deferred any action until Congress weighs in on the matter.

Meadows, who serves on the House Foreign Relations committee, said Americans have little appetite for intervening in Syria's civil war. Of the two dozen or so emails he received before leaving for the parade Monday, not a single one urged support for intervention, he said.

"It's hard to find a national security interest in all of it," Meadows said. "If it was an attack on Israel or another of our allies, it might present a different case, but to go it alone seems very problematic."

He said there are Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the issue, Meadows believes Congress will come down on the side of staying out of Syria's civil war.

While President Obama and his cabinet are making a case for intervention, Meadows said he doubts the president will order a strike without Congress' approval.

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