Aug 31 6:00 PM

In Congress, some unique views on Syria

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., seen here last year, said it wouldn't surprise him if some of the chemical weapons used by Syria came from Iraq.
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Ahead of President Obama's statement Saturday afternoon that the United States should take military action in Syria and that he'll seek congressional authorization, plenty of lawmakers have been outlining their opinions on U.S. intervention: some for, some against and many somewhere in the middle.

As we await further developments, here are some of the most unique takes from lawmakers on the Syrian situation:

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.

“I know what ‘it ain’t. And so far ‘it ain’t.’"

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

“Fundamentally, actually, these two issues, you look at Syria, you look at Obamacare. They’re tied together. They’re tied together by an arrogance of this administration, that they don’t believe they’re accountable to the American people, and they are going to jam their agenda down the throats of the American people. And on both of them, the answer is the same as it was on guns; it’s the same as it is on stopping amnesty, which is the American people have to rise up and hold every elected official accountable, Democrat and Republican. Every one of us, including me.”

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y.

"Before we commit our military personnel to another war, we must reinstate the draft. Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm's way."

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas

“'Yes, we knew that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,' Gohmert said on Washington Watch, citing Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gas attack against Kurds in Halabja. 'There were rumors about them moving over into Syria and other countries but they never were able to verify where they went but we knew he had them. So anyway, there was talk about nuclear arms, but we knew he had those and now we know Syria has them.'”

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

"The theory then and the evidence was that Iraq was an enemy of the United States and had direct plans in either support of Al Qaeda and/or with other weapons that we found out weren't there—which I still think they were moved to Syria," said Terry. "And it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the chemical weapons that have been used by Syria actually came from Iraq."

Asked by Omaha radio host Tom Becka if his statement was based on information he had received as a member of Congress, Terry replied, "Gut feeling..."

Spot another unique quote Syria from a member of Congress or an Obama administration official? Tweet it to @AmericaTonight or point it out in the comments.


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