Eric Cantor, writing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Earlier this week, I announced my support for a resolution to give President Obama the authority to use limited military force in Syria in response to Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons that killed innocent civilians including women and children.
It is never an easy decision to authorize the use of military force, but in this case, America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), especially by a terrorist state, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.
Having listened to the people of Virginia and my fellow members of Congress, it is clear that many people still have serious questions.
Many have asked me why it’s in America’s interests to engage in this civil war. But the Syrian conflict is not merely a civil war; it is a proxy war that threatens the stability of our allies and ultimately our security here at home.
Iran – which is currently attempting to build nuclear weapons, and whose stated goal is to “wipe Israel off the map” and destroy the “Great Satan, the United States” – is a principal combatant in this conflict supporting the Assad regime. If Assad comes out on top, it would be a strategic victory for his Iranian patrons, embolden the radical Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah (which Assad supports) and convince our allies that we cannot be trusted.