Iraq vet U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth opposes Syria intervention
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:30am
(updated) U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran, is opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria "until I feel it's imperative to our national security." A former helicopter pilot, Duckworth (D-Ill.) lost both her legs fighting in Iraq. "It's military families like mine that are the first to bleed when our nation makes this kind of commitment," Duckworth said in a statement Friday. "It's my obligation to make sure our government honors our troops willingness to sacrifice when we make such a decision." Duckworth said she opposes the U.S. taking on the burden "unilaterally, especially since none of our allies, including those in the region, have committed to action." "In the days ahead I will be seeking more information from our military and intelligence communities," Duckworth said. "But until I feel it's imperative to our national security, I will not support preemptive intervention in Syria." Duckworth's remarks come after the White House announced on Thursday it was prepared to act unilaterally after the House of Commons rejected British involvement in a military effort. President Obama shared intelligence with some lawmakers, to demonstrate there is evidence that Syria had used chemical weapons against its own people and needed to face retribution.