By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a freshman navigating the implications of her first decision on a military strike, has asked her constituents for feedback on Syria.
The Hawaii Democrat, who serves in the Hawaii Army National Guard, had called on President Barack Obama last week to seek congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria.
The civil war in Syria has claimed over 100,000 lives. Last Wednesday, the situation got even worse: at least 350 people died and over 3,600 were hospitalized after a suspected chemical attack. The use of chemical weapons is atrocious and violates international norms and basic human rights.
Over the next week, I will be reviewing the facts of what is occurring on the ground, the factions involved in this civil war, what the objectives are for U.S. involvement, and what the follow-on actions and unintended consequences could be. Before taking a vote on this very important issue, I want to have a clear-eyed view of our endgame and outcomes, understanding the impacts in Syria, the region, and those that extend far beyond.
I want to hear from you. Please click here to let me know where you stand on this critical debate.
Thank you for taking the time to consider and weigh in on this important and timely discussion. I am honored to represent you in Congress and value your feedback. I will keep you updated as we move forward.