Wed September 4, 2013
Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike
Senator Ben Cardin told Secretary of State John Kerry at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday that he supports the president's objective in Syria.
However, the Maryland Democrat added that the believed the military response should be limited.
He noted that the White House resolution language does not close the foor on the use of U.S. troops on the ground.
"I've read the resolution that you have presented to us. I think it is broader than what you have stated the president's intentions of the mission (are) and I understand that and...it does not...close the door on the introduction of ground troops."
The president has asked for authority to carry out limited military air strikes against targets in Syria in response to reports that Syria recently used chemical weapons that left 1,500 dead in Bashar al-Assad's fight against a two year rebellion.
Cardin also pressed kerry about the need for more countries to come on board in support of military action.
Meanwhile, Congressman Andy Harris said yesterday that at this point he would not vote for military intervention.
The Eastern Shore Republican added that he would examine all of the evidence before making a final decision whether to approve authorization for military action.