Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement after participating in a conference call with White House officials concerning President Obama's response to the crisis in Syria:
"The loss of innocent life in Syria is inhumane and deplorable; and any decision to put U.S. Armed Forces in harm's way or to engage Syria with our military's resources must be based on a clear threat to our national security, and must have a clearly defined objective. I have heard neither from this White House. Instead, what I've heard is a president who drew an unwise line in the sand in August 2012 and now feels bound to act because of it. Mr. Obama must clearly explain what he believes is the direct threat to our national security that demands our immediate response, and he must show what will be acheived by using our military against Syria."