ALBANY, N.Y. – Officials say there is no doubt that the death toll is rising in Syria as men, women, and children are being killed in what has quickly become a humanitarian crisis, but many Americans remain divided on whether the U.S. should step in.
Two local congressmen say the American military should not become involved. Chris Gibson, a republican, and Paul Tonko, a democrat, say it's not in the best interest of the U.S. in the long term. Over the last few weeks they say they've spoken with their constituents, researched the conflict, and explain there's no clear endgame.
“If we were to intervene militarily we will not resolve the matter. As much as we want to make a difference if we intervene militarily we will exacerbate the situation. You've got a situation now where there's been a civil war there for two years and if we were to bomb we'll be killing people there as well,” said Gibson.
Before serving in Congress, Gibson spent 29 years in the
military. Given that experience he says he sees several glaring problems about
intervening militarily and has sent the president a letter urging against such
“Our military is exhausted. We're coming off the longest war in our nation's history. The taxpayer can't afford yet another war. I hear that routinely as I travel through the district especially in the last week the message has been do not get us involved in Syria,” said Tonko.