Saying ‘America’s credibility is on the line,’ Rep. Ted Deutch argues for military strike in Syriaby George Bennett | September 4th, 2013
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, argued in support of President Barack Obama‘s request for authorization to use military force in Syria during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this afternoon.
“Congress is either going to uphold its duty to protect our national security or we’re going to retreat from our moral and strategic obligations,” Deutch said.
“Inaction here, I believe, will dramatically harm our national security by emboldening the vile Syrian regime, its terrorist proxies and its Iranian patron,” Deutch said.
Deutch said “America’s credibility is on the line” not only in Syria but in Iran. If the resolution is voted down, America’s opposition to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons will be “meaningless,” Deutch said.