Rep. Miller: Diplomacy Must be Used to Eliminate Syria's Chemical Weapons

Sep 10, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments following President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria.  Miller said:

“President Obama has correctly chosen to ask Congress to delay consideration of a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Syria in consequence of their use of chemical weapons in that country’s civil war.  Instead the President has chosen to work toward a diplomatic agreement.  The overriding goal in those diplomatic efforts must be the transfer of all of Syria’s chemical weapons to international control and the destruction of these weapons to ensure that they are not used by the Assad regime or fall into the hands of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists. 

“More war was never going to solve the issue of Syrian chemical weapons, only diplomacy can solve that problem.  America must never get involved in military conflict when we have not been attacked, are not under imminent threat of attack and other vital American national security interests, or those of our allies are not at risk.  And none of that is at stake in Syria.  This is why I and a majority of my colleagues in the U.S. House were committed to voting no on the authorization to strike Syria, and also why American military involvement in the Syrian civil war is so overwhelmingly opposed by the American people.

“I urge the President to pursue diplomatic efforts, keep the focus on eliminating the threat of Syrian chemical weapons and not allow other issues to derail a diplomatic solution.”