Central Florida’s most liberal congressman, Alan Grayson, is vocal in opposing any plan for the United States to bomb Syria. The region’s most conservative member, Bill Posey, also is against using military force.
The stances of these two men — who rarely agree on anything — show the challenge President Barack Obamafaces in winning congressional endorsement of military intervention in Syria.
Grayson, D-Orlando, is the area’s most outspoken critic of intervention, appearing non-stop on cable news shows and launching an online petition against a Syrian attack that had attracted about 26,000 supporters by late Tuesday afternoon.
“What is being proposed is a ‘humanitarian’ war,” said Grayson, challenging the White House rationale that a missile strike would deter, or at least punish, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians, including children.
“In general, we have to get away from this notion that every time we see something we don’t like in the world, we bomb it.”