OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS REACT
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Tulsa
Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is opposed to military intervention in Syria.
He said Saturday, “I look forward to the Syria debate before Congress, and I hope my colleagues will join me in holding our commander-in-chief accountable to presenting America with a long-term strategy for the region.
“After listening to President Obama's address to the American people today, I remain opposed to military action in Syria because he has yet to present a strategy for Syria and the Middle East, has given no clear end state for a military operation, and has presented no plan for funding it.
“As a superpower we have a responsibility to follow through on our commitments and ensure the security of our allies and partners — as the president pointed out — but at the same time our president has decimated our military which is tasked to fulfill those responsibilities.”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore
Cole, who was among the first lawmakers to assert Congress' role in approving military action against Syria, said Saturday that he was “pleased the president is putting this in the hands of Congress and allow us to have a debate and discussion. I think it is a restoration of Congress' war-making authority ... Congress should have its fingerprints on this decision, one way or the other.”