Former Gov. Howard Dean Backs Obama On Syria

Sep 4, 2013

Former Governor Howard Dean has thrown his support behind President Barack Obama's call for intervention in Syria, The Huffington Post reports. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dean said Obama is making all the right moves with respect to the situation in Syria.

Obama and his administration began advocating last week for intervention in Syria, but the president opted to seek Congressional authorization for any military strikes against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Assad's troops are believed to have launched a chemical weapons attack last week, killing over 1,000 people.

Via The Huffington Post:

"I don’t think it hurts the president to ask the opinion of the American people and then follow it," Dean said. "That is his job. The president may have one idea. He has decided to take the risk that somebody else may have another. And if that somebody else is the American people, I think that’s fine. The Syrians can crow all they want about the president did this or the president did that. We in America will know that what the president decided to do is listen to public opinion.

 

"So while I agree with the president -- I support the president, I hope we do have a very limited intervention that is designed to reduce the possibility of chemical weapons being used in the future ... But if the Congress says no, I don’t think that is in any way a reflection on Barack Obama. I think that is a positive reflection on him for upholding the system and listening when he was told no by the people he works for, which is the American people."

Dean, a democrat who ran for president in 2004 advocating against the war in Iraq, went on to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.