Congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville has come out in opposition to President Obama's plan for a military strike in Syria. In a written statement released Wednesday morning the Republican says, ""I believe the President's proposed military strike in Syria cannot achieve its stated objectives. In fact, I fear it will make things worse. The President says a show of force will preserve our credibility. But a feckless show of force will only damage our credibility. "The events of this week have reinforced our credibility gap. After making the case for a firm, rapid response, President Obama has called for an indefinite delay. He lacks a clear strategy, and now he's following Russia's lead. "Syria's civil war isn't our fight, but we have a stake in the outcome. The best punishment for Assad's war crimes is for the moderate elements of the opposition to prevail. But the President's ill-conceived, half-hearted proposal will do little to help. It will make America look weak, when we need to be strong. It will merely curse the past, when we need to protect the future. For all these reasons, I cannot support it." Ryan had not taken a firm position on the President's plan previously.