U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., said in an interview with CNN on Monday he remained opposed to taking military action in Syria. He said President Obama had not effectively made the case that the Syrian civil war poses an imminent national security threat to the United States.
“Even though Secretary Kerry says that’s not the plan,” Rooney said, “I fear, as a former military officer and somebody who sits on these committees, like intelligence and I’ve been on armed services, that once you do that, the retaliation is going to be such that it will become an international event very quickly whether Israel or Jordan, or Turkey, that it will turn into a third major war in the Middle East.”
Rooney communicated his position to his constituents by email following the interview:
“Over the last several days, I have received hundreds of phone calls, emails, Facebook posts and Twitter messages from constituents like you about the possibility of American military intervention in Syria.
“In fact, in just three days, my office received a total of 1278 phone calls and emails from my constituents about Syria. Tellingly, 1258 (98.4 percent) of those constituents contacted me to say they opposed the use of force in Syria. I also sent an email survey asking for your opinions, and you can view the results of that survey here.
“I share the concerns of constituents like you and oppose taking military action in Syria, as I explained in an interview with CNN.”
Rooney said he is having a difficult time supporting any action against Syria when the president has said the country poses no imminent threat.
Watch Rooney’s interview with CNN here: