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Sen. Franken Urges President to Narrow Scope on Possible Military Response in Syria

Franken Hopeful but Skeptical about Emerging Diplomatic Option

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement on recent developments with respect to Syria:

"There is no question that a diplomatic resolution to this crisis would be far preferable to military intervention. While the new diplomatic proposal floated by Russia needs to be treated with skepticism, I remain hopeful that it can lead to the desired result: that the Assad regime will no longer be able to use chemical weapons.

"If instead, the United States is compelled to take action in response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons, our response must be narrowly tailored as I have said all along, and we must have assurance that this will not spiral into a prolonged engagement in the region.

"Over the last several days, I've studied the resolution passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am concerned that its scope is too broad. With the President scheduled to meet with members of the Senate and to address the nation tonight, I urge him to explain how the United States will deal with the risks and unintended consequences of a possible attack and how we will avoid getting mired in a broader conflict.

"I continue to believe that the use of chemical weapons is a violation of a longstanding international norm and warrants a response, but I want to know more about the details of that response and its scope before I decide whether to support or oppose this or any resolution in the U.S. Senate."


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