Republican 4th Congressional District hopeful Jim Tracy says President Barack Obama’s “lack of a strategic plan” for use of U.S. military force in Syria deserves a no vote when a vote on intervention comes up in Congress.
“Based on what I have seen, I do not believe the President has outlined a compelling case or a coherent objective to Congress in his request for authorization to use military force in Syria,” said Tracy in a statement today.
While calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people in the country’s civil war “unacceptable,” Tracy blamed problems on what he said is Obama’s “weak and ineffective approach over the last few years” in the region and charged it “continues to weak our nation’s stature overseas.”
“That weakened stature is why Assad ignored President Obama in the first place,” Tracy said. “The President ‘leads’ from behind and when he inches toward action, he does so without a clear sense of purpose or an attainable conclusion. This administration, at this point in time, cannot be trusted with an authorization of military force in Syria. Congress should reject the President's ill-conceived, ill-timed request.”
Tracy is running against U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District’s 2014 GOP primary.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...