Buchanan opposes military attack on Syria

September 6, 2013 

U.S. Congressional District 16 candidates incumbent Vern Buchanan responds to a question during a forum hosted by the Bradenton Herald and taped at the Manatee Education Television Station. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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As President Barack Obama presses U.S. Congress to authorize a military strike in Syria, U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, says he is opposed.

"With no direct threat to the United States and no discernible military objective, I cannot support committing American military might to a civil war in the Middle East where the lines are blurred between friend and foe," Buchanan said in a statement issued Thursday.

A news release from the Congressman noted more than 95 percent of the phone calls and emails to his office from constituents have been against American intervention. "The case has not been made for why U.S. involvement is vital to our national security," he said.

Buchanan also expressed concern that a "limited" military strike could weaken U.S. credibility in the world and further destabilize the Middle East.

"The last thing we want to do is incite further chaos in a part of the world that is already unstable," he said.

Buchanan said would continue to listen to constituents and attend a classified briefing prior to next week's vote in Congress.

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