WASHINGTON — Rep. Markwayne Mullin came out strongly Tuesday against U.S. military action in Syria, becoming the first member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to unequivocally oppose President Barack Obama's request to use force.
Mullin, a freshman Republican from Westville, said in a statement, “I believe it is not the responsibility of the United States to get involved in a country's civil war.
“Neither side in this civil war has the United States' best interest in mind. I cannot support any U.S. military action or involvement in Syria.”
None of the seven members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have expressed support for the president's request, and those who have commented have expressed deep skepticism. Legislation to authorize force has yet to be finalized; Congress is expected to begin debate on the issue next week.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, a former U.S. Navy pilot, said in a statement that Obama “has failed to clearly define America's national security interests in Syria or explain how a limited cruise missile strike would contribute to achieving our strategic objectives. I look forward to hearing the president's case, but right now I'm skeptical.”
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