Santorum Opposes US Involvement in Syria

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 11:40 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Thursday that he opposed military intervention in Syria, contending that the country's civil war no longer figured in the U.S.'s national security interest.

“There are no good outcomes here," Santorum said in a statement released by Patriot Voices , the organization he founded last year with his wife, Karen. "An al-Qaida-run Syria is no better than an Assad-Iran-Hezbollah-run Syria.

"What is happening there is tragic, but it is not in the United States’ best interest to intervene with a military strike,” the former Pennsylvania senator added. “I urge my former colleagues in the House and Senate to defeat any measure calling for the use of force in Syria.”

Santorum, who once urged action in Syria, added in the statement: "After nearly two years, 100,000 people killed, a rebel force comprised of al-Qaida and a Syrian regime in a much stronger position, a military strike would no longer be in our national security interest."

American involvement now would not bring much good in ending Syria's civil war, which has lasted for more than two years, Santorum said.

“Nearly a year and a half ago when the atrocities in Syria first came to light, I advocated for military intervention to take out the Assad regime in Syria, a satellite state of Iran,” he said in the statement. “Had President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted then in support of pro-democracy forces when that rebellion was taking place, we could have removed Assad and helped usher in stability for that country.”

Santorum also charged President Barack Obama with making an “ill-advised blanket statement” about retaliating against Syria's use of chemical weapons.

“It is clear that President Obama himself now realizes the line he drew was reckless, because he’s looking for Congress to share the burden by authorizing the use of force," Santorum said. "If he firmly believed in his own policy, he would have already acted in Syria.”


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