Rep. Nolan Becoming Main Congressional Voice of Dissent on Possible U.S. Syria Strike

By KBJR News 1

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota's Eighth District is quickly becoming the central voice of dissent in regard to a possible targeted U.S. strike against Syria, adding that he will not be changing his mind on the issue.

The Democratic Congressman says he recognizes that the Syrian conflict is very serious and tragic, and that something needs to be done in regard to the use of chemical weapons.

However, Representative Nolan says any form of U.S. intervention will cost hundreds of millions of dollars the nation doesn't have, will lead to an escalation of killing, and a doubling down of support for the Assad regime from Russia, China, and Iran.

He also says that a strike would run the very–real danger of a much wider conflict in the region, if not globally.

"A strike leads to retaliation, which leads to a change in circumstances, and the very same people who were against boots on the ground are now the ones—guess who—who are saying, 'well, I guess we're going to have to put some boots on the ground,'" said Nolan in Duluth on Tuesday.

Following Monday's classified briefing of Congress on the matter, the Congressman still feels the effects of a selective strike are questionable, and that it's still unclear who's actually responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

Representative Nolan adds that he feels the best place to handle the issue is in international criminal court.