Congressman Alan Grayson is having none of the Obama administration's arguments that the United States needs to intervene in Syria.
"It's simply not our responsibility. We're not the world's policeman," the Orlando Democrat said Monday on CNN. "We're in a situation where we're just not going to do anything that's going to do any good."
Grayson bluntly summed up the situation: "It's expensive, it's dangerous, it won't do any good, and the people are against it."
The congressman dismissed the view that a strike on Syria will send a deterrent message to Iran and others in the region. "That's the old domino theory from Vietnam, dredged up," he said. Grayson called it "the Bomb-ino theory" and "a farce."
"If we want to deal with Iran, we should deal with Iran," Grayson said. "If we want to deal with Lebanon, we should deal with Lebanon."
Instead of a costly military strike, the United States should focus on humanitarian efforts, Grayson said. "The killing is going to continue anyway. The civil war's been going on for years," he said.
The United States must recognize its limitations; otherwise it's hubris, Grayson said.
"I don't believe in humanitarian wars. I don't believe in humanitarian bombings," Grayson said.
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