WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C. 3rd District) is threatening to impeach President Obama if he allows military aid for rebels in the Syrian civil war.
Jones, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, are pushing a resolution that would prevent President Obama from arming the Syrian rebels without congressional approval.
"If Congress sends one troop- if one of our troops goes to Syria and is killed, I will introduce articles of impeachment against the president," Rep. Jones said at a Capitol Hill News conference on Thursday.
Jones and co-supporters of the resolution said while the deadly civil war has created a humanitarian crisis, they fear U.S. military intervention will only exacerbate the situation.
They cited Libya, where U.S. involvement helped oust Moammar Gadhafi but left a lawlessness, reflected in the deadly assault in Benghazi last September that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Besides Jones, the lawmakers pushing for the resolution are Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.).