My Congressman. A good man.Posted: September 3, 2013
My Congressman, Rick Nolan, from the Minnesota Fighting Eighth Congressional District. From his website:
“I want you to know that I am vehemently opposed to a military strike that would clearly be an act of war against Syria, especially under such tragic yet confusing circumstances as to who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons. Beyond the potential for escalating the conflict and the killing, we risk danger to our ally Israel, involvement by the Russians and the Iranians, and blowback to the United States by radical groups operating in the region.
Once and for all, we need to end these wars of choice and nation building abroad, where we are neither wanted nor needed, and start rebuilding America and rebuilding the middle class with good-paying jobs revitalizing our roads, bridges, highways, airports, parks, education, and public buildings.”
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) challenged the evidence that Obama administration officials have presented on the reported use of chemical weapons by Assad’s force against Syrian civilians. US intelligence officials and Syrian rebel groups claim that more than 1,000 Syrian died in that attack, including hundreds of children.
Nolan and Kerry got into a “heated exchange,” according to multiple sources on the call. Nolan compared Syria to Vietnam, which angered Kerry, who was wounded during that conflict.
In a statement afterward, Nolan said the call further convinced him to not support the president’s plan, and he added that Assad should be tried in an international court.
“After a three-hour classified briefing, and taking time to read all the classified documents, what I have heard and read has only served to convince me more than ever of the folly and danger of getting America involved in the Syrian civil war,” Nolan said. “I will vote and work against President Obama’s request for open-ended authority to launch military strikes against the Syrian army.”