This article was written by Henry Powderly and Nathan Duke.
President Barack Obama this weekend said he would let the U.S. Congress decide on whether to attack Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack by President Bashar Assad killed hundreds of children and violated international rules of war.
Obama noted in his public address Saturday that Americans are “weary of war” and argued that putting the decision in the hands of the people’s representatives was more in line with the nation’s democratic ideals.
“I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective,” he said.
For Forest Hills residents, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng will be responsible for representing their voices in the debate.
“I believe it is entirely appropriate for the president to seek an affirmative decision of Congress prior to engaging military in Syria,” Meng said in a statement. “With any question of war, particularly absent an apparent imminent national security threat to the United States, it is important for the president to pay close attention to the views of the members of Congress, the elected representatives of the American people.”
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