U.S. Rep. Ron Kind wants the Obama administration to provide a glimpse into what the “day after” might look like if the United States launches cruise missiles to knock out Syrian chemical weapon capabilities.
The La Crosse Democrat made the comment today in reaction to President Barack Obama’s announcement Saturday that he would seek congressional approval next week for such an attack.
The threatened action comes amid claims that Assad’s troops used chemical weapons to kill an estimated 1,500 people, including hundreds of civilians and children.
“There are no good options,” Kind said. “I’ve called on the president to seek a national intelligence assessment of the likely response if we send cruise missiles into the region. That would give us a better idea what the day after might be.
“There are a lot of trip wires in that region,” he said.
If Assad attacked Israel in retaliation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably would counter-attack, which could trigger a salvo from Hezbollah in Lebanon and open the possibility of an Iranian response, he said.
Kind, who said he has attended intelligence briefings on the Syrian situation, said, “I am still in the undecided category.”
As the Obama administration lobbies for congressional approval of the strikes, Kind said, “It’s not just members of Congress. It’s the American people. People are concerned about being dragged into the Mideast again after two prolonged wars there.”
Members of the Army Reserve and National Guard and their families have expressed concern about another deployment as Kind met with constituents during the congressional recess, he said.
Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune.