U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's address to the nation on Syria:
"My position remains unchanged. U.S. military intervention is not the right course in Syria.
"President Obama stated that he initially brought the debate to Congress as to how the U.S. should respond to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. He advocates for the U.S. using only a "targeted strike to achieve a clear objective' in order to deter Assad from using more chemical weapons.
"Today, the president has asked Congress to postpone the vote regarding military intervention in Syria in order to see if Syria will voluntarily give up their chemical weapons as they recently stated they would at Russia's request.
"I have long said that the president should have pursued these peaceful negotiations with Russia 18 months ago. Russia is indispensable to resolving this crisis. Why was the president prematurely asking Congress to authorize U.S. military action when diplomatic strategies weren't fully exhausted until now? It's an outrage that Congress was asked by the president to commit U.S. military assets to the Syrian conflict when it appears that the president himself didn't initially do everything in his power to solve this very serious situation in a peaceful manner."