Many US servicemen are against the looming strike on Syria, Republican Congressman Justin Amash said on Twitter, in an attempt to counter the idea that the country might be overwhelmingly in favor of military action.
Amash made his comments after President Barack Obama’s statement, in which he all but promised a strike in retaliation for the supposed use of chemical agents by the Syrian government.
The Congressman for Michigan backed up his comments with a multitude of retweets from servicemen.
Amash said he had been “hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces” and said that “the message I consistently hear [is]: Please vote no on military action against Syria.”
The US Congress is expected to debate and vote on military action soon after it returns from summer recess on September 9.
Amash has since been re-tweeting anti-intervention comments sent by members and veterans of the US armed forces. Many cite experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan that have steered them in this direction. Here is a selection of some of those tweets: