Rep. Kyrsten Sinema speaks about
Sept. 3, 2013
Arizona Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will talk about congressional issues such as immigration reform, student loan debt and veterans’ needs.
Congress is facing a decision on what president Obama calls a limited and narrow attack on Syria.
Rep. Sinema says she thinks it is too early for Congress to answer the question of whether or not the United States should get involved or not.
Rep. Sinema says she learned about the president’s decision only a week ago after arriving from a trip to Afghanistan to visit our troops.
“What I’m interested in doing is getting a briefing. I need to be fully briefed from intelligence officials from leadership from our military branches to understand what the president’s intention is in a strike and what this administration defines as a victory.” Sinema said.
While Sinema said it was clear that the Assad regime has, in fact, used chemical weapons against the people of Syria, it’s still not clear, Sinema says, what the United States has to gain from a security perspective with a limited attack and what that means for U.S. security interests in the short and long term.
While Sinema said that she did have a lot of questions regarding the strike, she is still reserving judgment until she can get information from a classified briefing.
When asked whether or not the United States should be using more diplomatic measures, Sinema said that congress has all hands on deck and that no option is off the table, but there isn’t enough information available to know which option to use.
Sinema said that she did trust the judgement of President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry, Sinema said the voters in district 9 rely on her judgment based on what matters to the district.
One similar theme that Sinema has been hearing from constituents and troops abroad is to be careful.
“to come home and hear from constituents at home, they were saying much of what I was hearing from troops in Afghanistan, which is, be really careful. Think carefully before we go and make an intervention. We don’t know what it would look like if ground troops were committed. I am very concerned that we could lead to a commitment of ground troops which I think would put our service members in harm’s way.” Said Sinema.
Sinema says that while listening to her community is important, she’s not afraid to make unpopular decisions and that what is most important is doing what is best for the safety and security of our country.