Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy on Syria: ‘I’m truly undecided’by George Bennett | September 5th, 2013
Freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, says he hasn’t decided whether to support President Barack Obama‘s request for Congress to authorize military strikes in Syria in response to Bashar Assad‘s use of chemical weapons.
“I’m truly undecided,” Murphy said in an interview today.
“I am more in favor of a more limited resolution (than Obama first proposed) with a more narrow time frame and no ground troops, but I still have reservations,” Murphy said.
Murphy said he has participated via phone in secure-line conference calls with Secretary of State John Kerry, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Murphy said he’s also spoken with Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who supports of military action, and Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, who opposes U.S. involvement.
Murphy said he still has questions about whether stockpiles of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist groups who oppose Assad, how extensive the cooperation of other nations will be in any U.S. action and “what is the end-game” militarily for the U.S.
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