Devin Nunes slams President Obama over Syria

The Fresno BeeSeptember 1, 2013 

Rep. Devin Nunes

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Rep. Devin Nunes, who on Friday said President Barack Obama should consult closely with Congress before deciding how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, on Sunday chastised the president for "hiding behind Congress."

Obama said Saturday that he would ask Congress to approve military strikes against Syria's government.

Nunes, R-Tulare, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a statement Sunday that called the use of chemical weapons, apparently by the Assad regime, "an appalling, unconscionable act by a bloodthirsty tyrant.

"The 'limited' military response endorsed by President Obama, however, shows no clear goal, tactical objective, or in fact any coherence whatsoever, and is supported neither by myself nor the American people," Nunes said. "President Obama has gone from leading from behind, to not leading at all, to now hiding behind Congress. This is not a winning strategy."

On Friday, Nunes expressed doubts about a limited missile strike by the U.S. on the Syrian government, saying it likely would not accomplish much.

"A regime change strategy risks empowering al-Qaida," he added. "The president needs to take all this into account and consult closely with Congress before deciding how to respond."

 

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