WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement tonight after President Obama’s address to the nation regarding the situation in Syria:
“While my heart goes out to all the victims in Syria, I remain opposed to any U.S. military action in Syria. I have heard from Alaskans throughout the state, and they also remain overwhelmingly against intervention.
“What is most important to U.S. national security is to ensure that Syria's chemical weapons are not proliferated and used against America or our allies. I appreciate that the President has decided to, at the very least, postpone an ill-advised military strike that is a no-win situation for the United States, however, it’s a shame that it took the Obama administration three weeks to clearly explain to the American people a coherent rationale and strategy.
“It is quite ironic that the strongest push for a seemingly peaceful solution to this problem came not from a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the leader of the free world, but rather from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"In closing, this was a good day for peaceful diplomacy, but a bad day for America and its leadership of the world community. The President and our allies abroad must follow up on these proposals, because in this situation, actions really do speak louder than words.”