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Roe says White House hasn't made case for attacking Syria

September 13th, 2013 9:42 pm by Hank Hayes

Roe says White House hasn't made case for attacking Syria

Rep. Phil Roe speaks in Kingsport. Times-News file photo.

KINGSPORT — President Barack Obama’s administration hasn’t made a credible case for a limited military strike on Syria, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe told the Kingsport Kiwanis Club Friday.

Roe, R-Tenn., said he could not support military intervention after hearing a classified briefing on the situation last Monday.

“(The briefing)  didn’t change my mind,” Roe told Kiwanians. “I really don’t see any reason for us to go in. ... I don’t see the strategy. I don’t understand the strategy and what our outcome is going to be. For me it was three questions. One, is there a threat to the United States of America? They made no case for that. ... Number two is what is your objective? Number three is how would you extract yourself?

“They have not answered that in the affirmative for me or the American people.”

Roe added he’s asked constituents during town hall meetings if they support a military strike on Syria.

“I did not have one hand go up,” Roe said. “I certainly hope a diplomatic way out of this is successful. Whose heart doesn’t go out to a civil war where 100,000 people have been killed ... (but) I believe we are best suited to do what we do better than anybody in the world, and that is humanitarian aid ... to help the people in trouble.”

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