I just got the following email from Congressman Frelinghuysen responding to the letter I described in the preceding blog post. In some ways, the letter shows how “overlapping consensus” in politics can almost be as dispiriting as flat-out disagreement, but I’m gratified at least that Rep. Frelinghuysen and I agree on the immediate issue of Syrian intervention. Next stop: Senator Menendez.
Thank you for contacting me in opposition to the President’s proposed military strike on Syria. I appreciate having the benefit of your views as I share them.
We have seen over one hundred thousand deaths in Syria, millions of Syrian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries and an influx of various terrorist groups, and only now has the President of the United States decided to take military action as the result of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
While I am horrified by the deaths of so many innocent men, women and children, I do not believe that the President’s plans will change the course of this civil war! I cannot support his request.
In a larger context, Congress cannot ignore that a clear lack of Presidential leadership has left our Middle East policies in shambles. This Administration has virtually destroyed a 30-year friendship with Egypt, allowed Iran to continue its march to a nuclear weapons capability, threatened the stability of Jordan, an ally, and left our best friend in the region, Israel, incredibly vulnerable!