He said he doesn’t think the president’s options will accomplish the goal of deterring chemical weapons attacks.
“It remains unclear how the president’s plan to execute limited strikes would prevent Assad from using chemical weapons again or even make it less likely,” he said. “Second, it is entirely possible that ineffective U.S. strikes would embolden Assad to become even more ruthless towards his people.”
This is the first official full statement the Utah senator has made regarding Syria since the Obama administration began to voice its intentions to attack.
He tweeted twice about Syria on Friday after Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide Trump’s realism toward Iran is stabilizing force for Middle East MORE made the case for an intervention.
If the president can't convince Congress that #Syria crisis threatens our national security, military intervention should be off the table.— Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation Overnight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease MORE (@SenMikeLee) August 30, 2013