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U.S. Rep Roe talks to Kiwanis Club about Syria, health care

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U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said "the most important decision" he will have to make
in his five years in Washington, D.C. as a legislator representing northeast
Tennessee will be an expected upcoming vote in Congress on whether the
U.S. should attack Syria in retaliation for its government's alleged deadly
chemical weapons attack on its citizens.
Published: 9:46 AM, 09/05/2013 Last updated: 9:47 AM, 09/05/2013
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said Tuesday, Sept. 3, that "the most important decision" he will have to make in his five years in Washington, D.C. as a legislator representing northeast Tennessee will be an expected upcoming vote in Congress on whether the U.S. should attack Syria in retaliation for its government's alleged deadly chemical weapons attack on its citizens.

Roe commented on a variety of issues, from health care to energy independence to jobs, at a luncheon meeting of the Newport Kiwanis Club. It included a question-and-answer period at the end of his talk.

Whether to attack Syria is "probably the most important decision for me to make" in the five years he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the First District in Tennessee, which includes Cocke County.

Roe recounted his own experience as a soldier near the demilitarized zone in Korea, and touched on the Vietnam War, where over 58,000 men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces died.

Roe said President Barack Obama must give Americans the answers to three crucial questions before committing U.S. troops to attack President Assad's government in Syria.

He said those three questions are: 1) Are we threatened, or is America at risk because of Syria's alleged attack on its citizens; 2) What would be the objective of our military strike on that Middle Eastern country; and 3) What result must we have in a war on Syria that would allow us to end the conflict?

Roe said the U.S. government failed to answer those three questions during the Vietnam War conflict, and, as a result, many Americans needlessly lost their lives, including friends of Roe, while fighting the North Vietnamese.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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