On Tuesday, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said that President Obama’s proposed military action against Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria would turn America into “Al Qaeda’s air force.” “So what,” he said, “we’re about to become Al Qaeda’s air force now? This is a very, very serious matter that has broad implications internationally. And to try to minimize it by saying we’re just going to have a ‘targeted strike’ – that’s an act of war. It’s not anything to be trifled with.”
Kucinich said the chemical weapons attack by Assad against Syrians in Damascus was “being used as a pretext,” adding, “The verdict is in before the facts have been gathered. What does that tell you?”
Kucinich isn’t the only Democrat complaining about the Obama administration’s Syrian policy. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Chris Murphy (D-CT) said, “Before engaging in a military strike against Assad’s forces, the United States must understand that this action will likely draw us into a much wider and longer-term conflict that could mean an even greater loss of life within Syria.”
The Obama administration has yet to articulate a clear American interest in intervention in Syria.