NewsPublic AffairsPolitics / September 6, 2013

Brooks Says Case For Strike in Syria Hasn't Been Made

Sam Klemet

Congress is mulling over how to respond to use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks (R) received classified briefings on the issue Friday afternoon in Washington D.C and calls the decision on what to do in Syria the most important of her first term.

"There have been no other issues since I’ve been in office where I’ve heard from constituents to the magnitude that I’ve heard from constituents on this issue,"  she said.

But, the 5th District congresswoman says the turmoil should not have gotten this far and says the Obama Administration did not act quickly enough.

"We should have had - as the President said a year ago - much more of a plan, much more of a coalition," she said.  "I think we are very late and so, I am questioning the wisdom of a strike this late."

Brooks is not sure how she will vote, but says she needs more information on why a strike is needed

"I don’t believe the president has yet made the case, not only to the American people, but to me, that a limited strike is prudent at this time," said Brooks.  "I want to get that information and then we will make a decision."

President Obama is asking Congress to support limited military action in response to Syria using chemical weapons on its citizens.

 

 

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