House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S.House of RepresentativesIleana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Republican
CONTACT: Brad Goehner,
(202) 226-8467, December 29, 2010
For IMMEDIATE Release
Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Recess Appointment of Ambassador to Syria
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the incoming Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after President Obama announced the appointment of Robert Ford to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Syria:
“I am deeply disappointed that the President decided to make such a major concession to the Syrian regime. Using this Congressional recess to make an appointment that has far-reaching policy implications despite Congressional objections and concerns is regrettable.
“During the past two years, Syria has continued to sponsor violent extremism and pursue dangerous weapons programs, and has also supplied long-range missiles to Hezbollah and reasserted its destabilizing influence in Lebanon at the expense of that nation's sovereignty. In fact, earlier this year, the President continued the national emergency with respect to Syria due to the ongoing ‘unusual and extraordinary threat’ that the regime poses to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.
“Making underserved concessions to Syria tells the regime in Damascus that it can continue to pursue its dangerous agenda and not face any consequences from the U.S. That is the wrong message to be sending to a regime which continues to harm and threaten U.S. interests and those of such critical allies as Israel.”