The Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina, “The Conscience of the Republican Party,” joins our organization’s national leadership in denouncing plans for U. S. military intervention in Syria.
We agree with Republican Liberty Caucus National Chairman Matt Nye that “an attack on Syria does not serve our national interests.”
The RLCNC condemns the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian combatants as well as other atrocities committed in that conflict, but we do not believe that these atrocities constitute an imminent threat to the United States or its interests such that U. S. military intervention is justified.
We join our sister chapters in Maine and Texas, as well as Congressmen Justin Amash, Thomas Massie and Senator Rand Paul in urging Congress and the Obama administration to abandon plans for military action against Syria, to continue diplomatic initiatives to end that conflict, and to condemn all those who have committed crimes against humanity therein.
The RLC Statement of Principles declares:
“We favor foreign military action only upon a Declaration of War by Congress in the face of an imminent and clear threat to the United States. We favor a clear strategy for entrance into and conclusion of any foreign engagement and a definable goal that constitutes victory.”
“We oppose the exercise of executive War Powers in the absence of a Declaration, except in the face of an immediate and direct threat to the United States.”
Clearly, the military action in Syria proposed by the Obama administration and endorsed by several members of Congress does not meet the RLC’s standards for the appropriate use of the armed forces of the United States.
The RLCNC is pleased that multinational, diplomatic efforts to secure weapons of mass destruction and bring peace to Syria have been renewed. It is our earnest desire that these efforts are successful. Nevertheless, the RLCNC joins its national organization in urging its members and all Americans to engage in a “nationwide write-in campaign to encourage members of Congress to stand on principle and exercise their Constitutional authority to reject the president’s demands for war, sending a clear message that the American people are tired of endless wars that don’t serve our national interests.” (https://www.facebook.com/RepublicanLiberty/app_350930458302366)
Furthermore, Steve Herr, Chairman of the RLCNC, will communicate such to the North Carolina Congressional delegation on behalf of the Chapter.
The RLCNC acknowledges that evil and aggression imperil the life and liberty of millions around the globe and that such evil and aggression must at times be met by the military forces of the United States when it is deemed Constitutionally appropriate and imminently necessary; the current situation in Syria is not one of those times.
The RLCNC urges Congress and the Executive Branch to repudiate the threat of military intervention to achieve foreign policy objectives that are not essential to the vital interests of the United States and to return our Republic to a policy of “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations.”
 From Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 reported at http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres16.html