Rep. Scott Perry: Obama Has Put America's Credibility on the Line

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 05:57 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Congress remains uncertain about approving a limited military strike against Syria, Congressman Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, said following a morning of hearings Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

"It’s all over the highway. As far as I can tell both Republicans and Democrats, some of each, supports the president, and, of course, some of each do not," Perry told Ron Christie, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newmax TV.

"I don't think it's easy for Secretary [of State] Kerry or General [Martin] Dempsey, [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] or Secretary [of Defense] Chuck Hagel.

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"They're trying to convince everybody that military action . . . led by the U.S. unilaterally, is the way to go and they're meeting some folks that agree and they're meeting a fair amount of opposition."

Perry, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said Obama’s consultation of Congress, after first hinting he might go it alone, has dragged the crisis out.

"As you know, he announced that he was going to do it, they announced the target list, and then it seems when public support — whether it be in America or internationally, wasn't with him — then he decided to consult the Congress," Perry said.

"We appreciate that he is consulting the Congress but there should've been a coherent strategy long before this time … Not only, unfortunately, is the president's credibility on the line, but he, by virtuous position, has put America's credibility on the line.

"We have to figure out if we should go at all and if we should, should we go it alone or who's with us and how do we do it?"



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