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September 6, 2013

Rogers leaning against vote to attack Syria

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LONDON —

Many Republican House members — back home during a recess — have found their constituents overwhelmingly opposed to any intervention by the U.S. and some polls have put public opposition to the measure as high as 80 percent.

Rogers is wary of seeing the United States involved in another Middle East regional conflict.

“I have great reservations about sparking a fire in a tinder box part of the world, especially so close to our friends like Israel and Jordan,” Rogers said.

Rogers said he will attend a classified briefing by administration officials on Monday when he returns to Washington and he wants to hear the president’s case to the American people when Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night.

“I want to hear all the facts, but I’m leaning no,” Rogers said.

Rogers said if the vote were taken today, it would fail in the House of Representatives, and he doesn’t see its chances improving there.

“Unless things change dramatically, it won’t pass the House,” Rogers said.

Obama plans to address the nation on Tuesday night to build support for a strike, which he and Kerry say will significantly “degrade” Assad’s military capability and ability to use chemical weapons in the future.

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

 

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