National Security

Boehner Asks White House for Answers on Syria


House Majority Speaker John Boehner (R.,Ohio) sent President Barack Obama a letter on Wednesday requesting more information on the administration's plans for intervention in Syria.

The Syrian government's actions warrants a response from the United States but the administration needs to address the possible outcomes invention could cause, Boehner said.

Even as the United States grapples with the alarming scale of the human suffering, we are immediately confronted with contemplating the potential scenarios our response might trigger or accelerate. These considerations include the Assad regime potentially losing command and control of its stock of chemical weapons or terrorist organizations – especially those tied to al Qaeda – gaining greater control of and maintaining territory. How the United States responds also has a significant impact on the security and stability of U.S. allies in the region, which are struggling with the large exodus of Syrian refugees and the growing spillover of violence feeding off of ethnic and religious tensions. The House of Representatives takes these interests and potential consequences seriously in weighing any potential U.S. and international response in Syria.

Boehner also listed questions to the president, including:

What standard did the Administration use to determine that this scope of chemical weapons use warrants potential military action?
Does the Administration consider such a response to be precedent-setting, should further humanitarian atrocities occur?
What result is the Administration seeking from its response?