John Mica on Syria: “I will not support boots on the ground”

The Congressman from Florida’s 7th Congressional District John Mica has been quiet over whether the United States should take military action against Syria and the Assad regime. He broke that silence today with on Facebook.

“I will not support boots on the ground or deployment of the United States military to Syrian soil. Even though President Obama has had the authority to launch a surgical strike to destroy chemical weapons, and we have known since the beginning of the year of Syria’s chemical stockpile and Assad’s use of gas on his citizens, he failed to act then. Now 1,429 more people have been slaughtered. Waiting again, President Obama has afforded Assad time to hide and re-position his deadly gas stockpile near civilians and at targets like Israel so that many more may die. With the President having chosen to lead from way behind, there are now even more serious consequences.

Before voting I will carefully consider any resolution language and need to be assured that if we strike Syria, that action can effectively stop their further use and deployment of chemical weapons.”

This statement comes as Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testify before Senate Foreign Relations Committee. House Speaker John Boehner said today that he will support a strike on Syria, and President Obama wants a vote as early as the beginning of next week.

The Central Florida Congressional Delegation have all agreed that the President should seek approval before acting, few have voiced their opinion over whether they would be a “yes” or “no” on the vote to strike itself. Only Alan Grayson has come out against it and has gone on a full Social Media/Cable TV charge against a strike.

When the others do go on the record, you’ll read about it here.

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