By Bob Cusack - 06/28/13 10:20 AM EDT
On Thursday, Jones told reporters, "If one of our troops goes to Syria and is killed, I will introduce articles of impeachment against the president."
Jones last week introduced a resolution that declares the use of military force in Syria without congressional approval an impeachable offense.
Under Obama’s direction, the U.S. has recently provided arms to the Syrian rebels. Jones fears that Obama will increase U.S. involvement in the war-torn country. And based on the president’s support in 2011 for military intervention in Libya, Jones doesn’t hold much hope that the administration will seek input from the House and Senate.
“I’m very doubtful. I really am,” Jones said.
For years, Jones has ripped Bush’s war policies. But he noted out that unlike Obama, Bush formally consulted with Congress before military conflicts.
In the interview with The Hill, the North Carolina lawmaker criticized Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for not focusing more on the legislative branch’s role in Libya and Syria.
“I’m not sure he knows a war is going on,” Jones said.
He acknowledged that Boehner is unlikely to support his resolution, but hopes to round up support from lawmakers on both the left and the right.
Jones countered arguments that U.S. involvement is necessary to help stabilize the Middle East: “We need to stabilize America first. We’ve got problems here in this country ... We’re financially broke. We cannot pay our bills.”