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Hoosier Republicans skeptical of US military action

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Congressional Republicans from Indiana are expressing skepticism over U.S. military involvement in Syria as members of President Barack Obama’s national security team prepare this week to make the case for intervention on Capitol Hill.

After Obama said Saturday he would seek congressional authorization to use military force against Syria to impede its ability to use chemical weapons against insurgents, several Republican members of Indiana’s congressional delegation said they were wary of such a move.

“The president’s decision to set a ‘red line’ with Syria while failing to have a long-term strategy in place unfortunately has left the U.S. without any good options,” Sen. Dan Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

Obama had said earlier this year that any documented use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own population would amount to a “red line” that the international community would not let him cross.

Coats said he was pleased Obama was “seeking authorization from Congress for potential military action in Syria so the American people can have a voice in this debate.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman said he was “deeply skeptical of American military involvement in Syria.”

“After ignoring his own ‘red line’ in recent days, President Obama again outlined no clear strategy or objective ... should we take military action,” Stutzman said.

Rep. Todd Rokita said he also remains skeptical of intervention “as I do not see a clear and imminent threat to the United States.”

“We also need to remember that if these two sides weren’t fighting each other, they would be using their time and energy designing ways to fight us,” Rokita said.

Rep. Todd Young told WIBC-FM that he would support military action if the White House could explain how it would advance long-term goals in Syria. So far, the administration hasn’t explained how limited strikes would deter the future use of chemical weapons, he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to testify publicly Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Earlier in the day, other members of the administration’s national security and intelligence teams were to hold a classified, closed-door briefing for all members of Congress.

 

 

Posted 9/3/2013