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Vitter against Syria resolution

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KALB News Channel 5) – U.S. Senator David Vitter announced Thursday he is against the Syria resolution.

On Wednesday, he participated in a briefing for Senate Armed Services Committee members.  On hand were Charles Hagel, Secretary of Defense and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss potential military action in Syria.

Vitter stated on Thursday:

"After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution. As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded. There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region – Iran's development of nuclear weapons. I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible."

Vitter is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

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