Mr. Speaker, while I would not necessarily be opposed to the use of U. S. helicopters to prevent slaughter of the survivors and to save U. S. citizens from danger, such a serious step should be taken only if—
First, it is essential for humanitarian purposes;
Second, Congress is as fully consulted as possible; and
Third, every attempt is made to gain the concurrence of the Indian Government in any humanitarian efforts we may make.
I remain totally and unequivocally opposed to the use of any U. S. military forces for other than totally defensive or humanitarian purposes until and unless Congress has been consulted.
If any action is contemplated, I hope the President will avail himself of this opportunity to carry out his often expressed desire to keep the Congress fully advised on major world developments.