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How Should Farmington Area Reps Vote on Syria?

Farmington Hills native Rocky Raczkowski said on WJBK-TV's "Let It Rip" that he opposes a resolution authorizing a military response to Syria's use of chemical weapons.

Andrew Rocky Raczkowski, a local Republican Party leader, said Sunday he would oppose a resolution approving airstrikes on Syria. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Andrew Rocky Raczkowski, a local Republican Party leader, said Sunday he would oppose a resolution approving airstrikes on Syria. Photo credit: Patch file photo
In a Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama will make the case for airstrikes against Syria, in response to that country's use of chemical weapons. 

But while the president seeks approval from Congress for a resolution passed last week by the Senate Foreign Relations committee, at least one Farmington-area resident believes it goes too far. 

On Sept. 5, Farmington Hills native Andrew Rocky Raczkowski, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and Republican Party leader, talked about Syria on WJBK-TV's "Let It Rip" with hosts Huell Perkins and Charlie Langton, and guests Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, a Cooley Law Professor, and Osama Siblani, publisher of Arab American News. 

"If I was in Congress today, I would vote no on this resolution," Raczkowski said. "This resolution is not as focused as it should be." 

In the heated discussion, Raczkowski said the U.S. does have a case if it involves only going after weapons of mass destruction; however, the resolution under consideration also mentions expanded training of rebels and other items.

"This is not our war," he said. 

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that Rep. Gary Peters, who represents Farmington Hills in the 14th Congressional District, is undecided, and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, who represents Farmington in the 11th, planned to vote no on the resolution. 

How should Farmington area congressional representatives vote? Tell us what you think by posting a comment. 

Clarification: Changes have been made to the original photo caption and story to reflect that Raczkowski was speaking as a Republican party leader. 
shelley September 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I emailed both peters and stabenaw telling them to vote no regarding involvement in Syria. I think it is time that the United States stops trying to be the world's policeman. We have enough issues at home that need attention first. Why are we giving $1 Billion to Egypt when we have uninsured and poor people in the States. Why are we policing Iraq and Afganistan when we have violence in our own cities. Let's fix the United States first. Let the Arab nations worry about Syria, let Europe worry about Syria. I think it is totally okay for us to sit this one out.

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