Alan Grayson Criticizes Syrian Intervention: U.S. Shouldn't Police The Globe (VIDEO)

09/05/2013 11:35 am ET | Updated Sep 05, 2013
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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps on Thursday that he wholeheartedly opposes U.S. intervention in Syria, an action he said would put America in the role of worldwide police, which isn't the country's responsibility.

"In accordance with international law, that's a role that's exercised through the United Nations and through multilateral agreements like our NATO defense agreement," he said. "Here we're playing cowboy. We're going off and dropping bombs and letting the missiles fly without giving much thought to what good it will do."

Grayson said the eruption of violence in Syria has nothing to do with the U.S., especially considering the groups involved in the conflict.

"It's clear that what we're seeing here is, first of all, civil war, and secondly a situation that's evolving into a death match... between radical, fundamentalist, hateful Shiite Muslims and radical, fundamentalist, hateful Sunni Muslims who are, in fact, historically both our enemies," he said.

If the U.S. does move forward with an attack on Syria, Grayson said it's easy to predict the worst-case scenario. A strike could mean that Syrian rebels who are allied with al-Qaeda would have a chance to get their hands on the Syrian government's weapons, he said. He also fears retaliations on American military vessels and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

See the full interview with Rep. Alan Grayson on Syria at HuffPost Live HERE:

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