U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., today said that any military operation against Syria should have a clear objective and "must be an effective use of our military superiority and not merely carried out to adhere to ill-conceived and ill-defined ‘red-lines.’"
The line was a jab at President Obama, who mentioned a red line a year ago in a press conference. At the time, Obama said: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
Holding issued a statement that said: "The Assad regime’s disregard for the lives of its own citizens is deeply troubling and the attacks last week send a clear message that they will stop at nothing to hold onto power as long as possible."
He added that if the U.S. is planning military action in Syria, Congress should return to Washington from its August recess.
"Should the president decide to move forward with an armed response to the atrocity in Damascus, members of Congress must be advised, consulted, and have the opportunity to weigh in, and I stand ready to return to Washington to do just that,” Holding said.
Renee Schoof, McClatchy D.C. bureau