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Renacci opposes military action against Syria

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 5, 2013

Two Akron-area lawmakers have now said they don't support military action against Syria.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, released a statement with his opposition today. This follows U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, who said Wednesday that he doesn't think President Barack Obama has made the case for a military strike.

Renacci said in his statement, "There can be no doubt that the use of chemical weapons is a horrific and deplorable act, one that should be rejected by the entire international community. However, I have waited for President Obama and his Administration to lay out a clear goal for American military action in Syria and to define our mission there. To date, I do not believe they have done so. In fact, the President has shown a shocking lack of leadership to this point, even before he punted the issue to Congress. I also maintain my deep concern that through these strikes we may assist some rebel groups that have been infiltrated by radical Islamist elements like Al Qaeda. Therefore, at this time I cannot vote to put American men and women in harm’s way in any capacity as it pertains to Syria.”



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