CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said President Barack Obama will have to make a strong case to Congress that any U.S. military strike on Syria is justified and in the best interests of the United States.
As of Friday, Capito said she was opposed to such actions and would continue to maintain that stand unless convinced otherwise by supporting intelligence information.
Reports early Friday afternoon indicated the Obama Administration was preparing to release declassified intelligence backing up government assessments that the Syrian regime was responsible for recent chemical attacks in Syria.
“I’ve been in Congress for a long enough time to know that, just because the intelligence says it’s so on first blush, I’m not sure we’re all going to accept that without the deep detail that I think we need to have and that the President should bring to Congress,” she said.
The U.S. may be going it alone in Syria. Already this week, a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria ended in a deadlock and Britain’s Parliament voted down a proposal on military intervention as part of a coalition.
Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House are scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 9. Capito said she is prepared to go back to Capitol Hill before that date, if called, to be part of deliberations about Syria.
“People are really tired of the United States, I’m talking American citizens, of decisions being made in the international community and then finding out later that, maybe, it wasn’t in our best interests, that there’s a lot more sacrifice than we’re willing to make,” said Capito.
Capito was a guest on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”