Ayotte: Military Action Needed in Syria

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said President Obama should work with other countries and make a case to the American people before taking action.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, on the situation in Syria. Credit: Jason Claffey
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, on the situation in Syria. Credit: Jason Claffey
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, argued Wednesday that the United States and its allies should take military action in Syria after reports that the ruling regime attacked rebels with chemical weapons.

"Those actions are absolutely deplorable," Ayotte said.

She said President Obama should work with a coalition of international partners and get the support of the American people before taking action.

She said the use of chemical weapons "crosses a red line."

"We do need to take military action in Syria, but we should be looking to build the international coalition," Ayotte said. "The president should be speaking to the American people about this as to what the goals are going to be.

"Assad is very heavily tied to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Heaven forbid that those chemical weapons would be given to one of those organizations."

Ayotte spoke to Patch on Wednesday at Port City Air in Portsmouth during a statewide tour of businesses.

Groups within Syria said this week that forces aligned with President Bashar Assad launched an artillery barrage that included chemical weapons, killing more than 300 people, according to the Associated Press. Assad claimed no chemical weapons were used.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama was deciding what action should be taken, according to CNN.
Liz Pierce August 28, 2013 at 03:40 PM
no, Kelly. someone, anyone, please obstruct another conflict in the middle east. bring our best and brightest home and put them on our borders. please....
Ron Lambert August 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
No, Sen. Ayotte, you are wrong. I'm sorry that people are dying, and more sorry that they are dying at the hands of chemical weapons. But this is somebody else's civil war, and nothing we do is going to make thing any better. In fact, there is about a 99.9% likelihood that anything we do will make things worse. Probably a lot worse. This is a big 'ol can of worms, and we have no business opening it!
Phil Collins August 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Yeah Kelly send your Kids !
MoonBeamWatcher August 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Kelly, I'm right BEHIND YOU momma, way BEHIND ya! Lets see now, the International Community balks at assisting in the revolution soooooo, "WE" do a tad of gasing and blame the government . . . NOT ROCKET SCIENCE TO MY WAY OF THINKING!
Rich August 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM
No, no, no. Let the crazy muslims figure it out for themselves. No more involvement in middle east problems. Or let the inept ineffective UN deal with it. Isn't that one of the reasons it exists?
Jim August 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM
another chicken hawk like romney or bush or cheney. Lets start a war and send someone else's kids.
Barry A Clarke` August 29, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Now I'm wondering why our 535 lustrously voted politicians can mostly agree to bomb another country within hours of meeting but can’t get nothing else accomplished?……………
FSHNT21 August 29, 2013 at 08:53 AM
NO Kelly, we do NOT need to take military action in Syria. The animals in the Middle East have been slaughtering each other for centuries. It's what they like to do and it's what they're good at, so leave them alone. Once they kill each other off, then civilized people can move into the area. Otherwise, if the rest of the world deems it a problem worth worrying about, let THEM take care of it. We're broke and can't afford the adventure...
Raymond Pearo August 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM
NO KELLY! We have waited too long. We don't know enough about the situation on the ground. Assad has killed thousands with conventional weapons. They are JUST AS DEAD but we did nothing.
MoonBeamWatcher August 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Let's dash right in and spill our blood and others to INSTALL da Muslim Brotherhood, maybe we should just parashoot in the White House Muslims instead of our sons and daughters!?
Michele Elise September 05, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Our Senators did NOT represent us...at all, after talking to about 30 different people today I found that not 1 of them wanted military action in Syria. I am trying to figure out how to impeach them from their positions. Check out this article: http://www.mintpressnews.com/witnesses-of-gas-attack-say-saudis-supplied-rebels-with-chemical-weapons/168135/
Liz Pierce September 06, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Michele... you can only do it at the ballot box. that's our ONLY power. and both parties are the same. we need to vote out every incumbent, every election, every time until they get Washington's fiscal house in order. Washington needs fiscal constraints and to scrap the 73,000 pages of tax code. there are no statesmen anymore. we have to make them fear for their way too cushy job. make them squirm. take the power back.


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