How Should Rep. Peter Roskam Vote on Syria Attack?

Now is the time to tell Roskam where you stand. Should he vote in favor of the Syria attack? Vote in our poll above and let us know in the comments.

Peter Roskam File Photo
Peter Roskam File Photo
President Barack Obama this weekend said he will let the U.S. congress decide on whether to attack Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad that is reported to have killed more than 1,400 people and violated international rules of war.

As Americans are "weary of war," the president said in his Saturday address to the public that putting the decision in the hands of the people's representatives was more in line with the country's democratic ideals.

"I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective," he said.

So as Congressional committees grill Secretary of State John Kerry and Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to strike Syria, how do you think your Congressman, Rep. Peter Roskam, should vote?

Now is the time to tell Roskam where you stand. Should he vote in favor of the Syria attack? Vote in our poll above and let us know in the comments. 
Max Smart September 09, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The polls (EVERY LAST ONE!) show that obozo has no clue what he is doing.
Mark Nast September 10, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Enough of sticking our noses, troops and finances (or lack thereof) in everybody else's problems.
CAROLE September 10, 2013 at 03:10 PM
NO, NO, NO,. A thousand times NO.
Lisa September 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Yes! If Assad is allowed to get away with it then all other anti American countries will try it because no one is there to slap them back! What does it take for people to see this?
Max Smart September 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Lisa, while I admire your passion it is misplaced. There is NO good side in Syria.
Lisa September 11, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Thank you Max. However, it is about sending a message. It isn't about choosing sides between one bad and one worse.
Max Smart September 11, 2013 at 09:37 AM
This isn't the Godfather, this is real life. "Sending a message" is useless. Especially to an enemy that is a religious fanatic. Assad is a nutcase and the rebels are just as imbalanced. Both sides are muslime fanatics and are killing Christians in great numbers.
Greg Andreas September 11, 2013 at 03:16 PM
How can we send a message and be so hypocritical? What message do we send when we allow our ally Israel to maintain chemical weapons yet claim to enforce a ban as a moral standpoint? If we are going to start imposing the ban on everyone that has chemical weapons then it should apply to "everyone" including Israel, (our ally) who also has chemical weapons in an annexed territory of Syria. So, I say no to a strike until we can legitimize our reasons because it is NOT to uphold the ban on chem. weapons.
Lisa September 11, 2013 at 09:16 PM
No, it's not about a ban on chemical weapons, it's a ban on using them to kill others! Including your own people! Would you have voted no to participate in WW2? How much suffering is too much to get people to act?
Herc September 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Lisa we didn't have much choice in ww2 they attacked Pearl Harbor! What has Syria done to us?
Max Smart September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Greg, Israel also has nuclear weapons. Following your logic, should we arm every country in the ME with nukes? I'm sensing just a bit of anti-Israel rhetoric in your comments.
Lisa September 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM
You said: What has Syria done to us? I'm a mom and I care about ALL kids not just those in certain countries.
Herc September 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
@Lisa, we can't be the policemen of the world. So you think it's okay for our young men and women to die with the chance that another country children might live? Please feel free to sign your children up, I'd rather not send mine.
Max Smart September 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Lisa, again, I REALLY admire your passion. As a mom, would you want your children to be put in harm's way to right a wrong that has nothing to do with us? I'm not talking about a playground scuffle over bullying, but real life and death situations.
Lisa September 12, 2013 at 05:46 PM
A playground scuffle? That's a ridiculous statement. Of course it's not. Yes! It is real life and death. If my kids decided to dedicate their lives to the military then I would expect part of their job would be to do what others have done in the past. And that can include protecting humanity elsewhere. And the policeman of the world comment is so over done. There are things we must due to protect our interests. If you think that a leader such as this can be ignored than you are naive. Let me put it this way, should a child act badly do you just let it go or do you try to correct it? What happens if you ignore them? It spreads! He crossed a line. The world doesn't agree with what he did, (34 countries so far.) and neither do I. If you don't agree that is OK.
Herc September 12, 2013 at 06:06 PM
So out of those 30 countries how many are willing to send their men and women? Only the Saudi's have made a commitment. What was their commitment, to fund it! Which makes us mercenaries. If we go in, it will be alone. Are you prepared to take on Russia, Iran and China? Who are backing Assad. There is a possibility it might start ww3, are you willing to take that chance? Then what they bring back the draft! From your statement sounds like your children would be to young to go. I bet you'd feel differently if they were of age! War is not pretty and until you been in it, you actually don't know what it is like. To your comment about the child acting badly, theres other ways of dealing with them instead of beating them. And your comment on the policemen of the world, I suppose you want to go into Africa, China, North Korea just to name a few. We can't be everywhere.
Tom Mouhelis September 12, 2013 at 06:29 PM
i spent 30 years wearing af blue and there is no way we should attack syria. we do that and these nutjobs will do something in retaliation, when our allies support a joint action that is different. war is not fun and the hardest job i had was writing letters to families, major tom
Max Smart September 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Exactly right, Herc. Why have we not gone into Darfur and other places where their own people are slaughtered? Because they are no threat to our security and we have no interest there. Tom, I agree with you. These nuts will do whatever they can to martyr themselves. When they start attacking here, it gives obozo the excuse he needs to declare martial law and suspend elections. Lisa is well intended and I love her heart but we must choose our battles wisely.
Wheaton Watcher September 13, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I think Lisa's kids should go fight in Syria. Not mine though.
Tom Mouhelis September 13, 2013 at 09:32 PM
this area has been in turmoil since the beginning of time, the only common enemy they have is the usa and anyone that is our ally. try spending some time there getting shot at and then make a secision about using tactical weapons, both bad and good guys die.


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