Today, I will return to Washington for emergency hearings of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, of which I am a member.
We are told we will hear evidence from Obama administration officials of why we should engage our military in Syria.
I cannot imagine what they will say that could justify another war.
Our national interests are not at stake in Syria, and using our men and women in uniform to salvage the credibility of this administration would be a shocking misuse.
Next week, the full Senate will deliberate and vote on an authorization for military action. I will lead the opposition to try to stop this mistake from ever happening.
And it would be a grave mistake, one whose consequences we cannot even be sure of right now.
I am asking you to let your voice be heard this week and next.
You see, one of the major reason the constitution requires CONGRESS to send us to war is because the voice of the people can be heard clearly here.
Let them hear your voice, and let them hear a resounding "NO" to war in Syria, as they weigh this important decision.
There are many reasons my colleagues could have for voting no, among them:
*** Our military would be joining the same side of this civil war as Al Qaeda. We cannot be sure who among the Syrian rebels are potential allies, and we know many of them are Islamic militants.
*** The hundreds of thousands of Christians in Syria would be in even more danger if the extremist rebels were to take over Syria.
*** There is no real military goal, and no clear sense of what victory is. Without that, our military should never be asked to risk their lives.
There certainly are more strong reasons to stay out of this civil war in Syria. And I will make sure my colleagues here them all this week and next, as I take to the Senate floor and to the airwaves to lead this fight.
But I am counting on you to back me up.
Congress MUST hear from every American who doesn't want to see anyone's sons or daughters be the first to die for a mistake.
Congress MUST hear from every American who knows we can't be the world's policeman.
And Congress MUST hear from every American who would be sickened to know we were contemplating joining a war on the same side as Al Qaeda.
So let them hear you.
Please sign this petition today to add your voice to mine and say "NO" to U.S. military action in Syria.
Senator Rand Paul
P.S. American involvement in the Syrian conflict would only strengthen al-Qaeda terrorists.
The president and Congress need to learn from history and pursue a Constitutional, common-sense foreign policy. One that does not needlessly endanger our brave men and women in uniform.
Please, add your name to this petition calling for Congress to reject Obama's request to take military action against Syria.