Rep. Jimmy Duncan decries military response to Syrian crisis

Rep. Jimmy Duncan calls any U.S. military response to Syrian crisis 'a mistake'

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"We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war. I don't think our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't think we can afford it," said Congressman Jimmy Duncan. "We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war. I don't think our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't think we can afford it," said Congressman Jimmy Duncan.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Congressman Jimmy Duncan from Tennessee's 2nd District is voicing his opposition to a possible United States military response to the crisis in Syria.

The Obama administration is considering an air strike after last week's chemical weapons attack. The attack left thousands of people dead and is now being blamed on the Syrian government.

As some government leaders in Washington are pressuring President Obama to order an attack, Duncan says any strike by the U.S. military would be a mistake.

"We don't need to be getting involved in a civil war in Syria. We don't have a vital national interest there," said Duncan.

The Republican representative says while the Syrian crisis is devastating, it's not the United States military's role to get involved.

"We don't have the authority under our Constitution or under international law to get involved in a civil war in another nation," said Duncan.

Duncan, who opposed the war in Iraq, says the United States can't afford the cost of getting into another war in the Middle East, either economically or personally.

"We seemingly are almost in a state of permanent war. I don't think our people want us to be in a state of permanent war, and I don't think we can afford it," he said. "I just don't want to see any more young Americans killed in civil wars in the Middle East."

While he says the country should step in to provide aid during times of humanitarian crisis, he thinks any type of military attack would be the wrong move.

"Every time we get involved in some limited way, so far anyway, it's led to much greater involvement in the very near future," said Duncan. "We're way past the time that we need to start caring for our own country first. We need to start taking care of our own people."

Duncan says when the House of Representatives gets back in session in September, he will continue to speak out against the United States' role in the Syrian civil war from the House floor.

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