Loebsack 'leaning against' Syria strike

2013-09-05T17:00:00Z 2013-09-05T21:55:05Z Loebsack 'leaning against' Syria strikeEd Tibbetts etibbetts@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is "leaning against" voting for authorizing a military strike against Syria, an aide said Thursday.

Loebsack, who expressed considerable skepticism about a strike on Monday, will continue to receive briefings from the Obama administration and hear from his constituents, spokesman Joe Hand said.

"But at this point, he does not believe the president has yet made his case, so he is leaning against authorization," he said.

Loebsack is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and on Monday, he expressed concerns about what would happen in the aftermath of a missile strike. He'll take part in an Armed Services hearing on the matter next Wednesday.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., still has not decided how she would vote and is not leaning one way or the other, according to her office. Bustos said Monday she has a series of questions to ask.

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted, 10-7, to approve a resolution authorizing the strike.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a member of the committee, supported the measure and told reporters in Thomson after a town hall meeting that it is necessary.

"What we want to do is stop this madman from using chemical weapons on his own people," he said.

The Obama administration already has said the regime is responsible for an Aug. 21 attack that killed more than 1,400 people. It says a strike would degrade and deter his chemical weapons capacity.

Still, the measure approved Tuesday also includes a provision co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that says the policy of the United States is to "change the momentum" in the civil war in Syria.

The idea, Durbin said, is to help Syrian opposition that has been "vetted"

He rejected the idea there is a chance American troops could be sent to Syria.

"The resolution that we passed yesterday made it clear that will not happen," he said.

Durbin said he understood polls that say more Americans are against a strike than for it. He blamed the run up to the war in Iraq and the length of the war in Afghanistan.

"They were lied to about Iraq. We were told there were weapons of mass destruction, therefore we had to invade. It wasn't true," Durbin said. He added that the war in Afghanistan has turned into the longest in U.S. history.

"The American people have a right to be skeptical," he said.

But he said the resolution is limited in duration and scope and prevents the use of combat troops.

Durbin voted to support the war in Afghanistan but opposed the Iraq War.

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  1. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - September 06, 2013 12:41 pm
    BTW Syria make's their own WMD's. They get the precursor stocks, most of which are completely legal, from several places

    Syria is one of only 5 nations worldwide that has NOT signed the Chemical Weapons Convention

    And how many people here know that Israel bombed a suspected WMD manufacturing site ( CERS military research center) near Damascus in May?

    Or that the main Intel sources for Syria's use of WMD's are British and French, not American? In other words the GOP Goober's claim that Obama's sources are the same a Bush's is complete hogwash
  2. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - September 06, 2013 12:00 pm
    Iraq War losses - 4,500+

    Libya war losses - 4

    Comparing Iraq and Libya makes the Republicans look even worse than they already do .....



  3. snowman05
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    snowman05 - September 06, 2013 8:12 am
    Albania signed in to support us yesterday. That's the only country. Good to see POTUS and his talking to the world is working so well.
  4. snowman05
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    snowman05 - September 06, 2013 8:11 am
    Ohhhhhh ok little John. Where did Syria get them?


    Lybia how's that going? We know what happened yet with Bengazi?

    Find it interesting that our administration can within days tell us exactly who used these weapons, which others in the world say different, but a year later we still do not know what happened at Bengazi????

    I am glad once again this goes back to Reagan.

    You are an amazingly small man. Lol
  5. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - September 05, 2013 10:46 pm
    The difference between Syria (and Libya) and Iraq is Syria (and Libya ( have VERIFIED Chemical WMD's and Iraq didn't

    The question here isn't whether or not Syria has WMD's, they undeniable do, the only question is whether they used them and if proven to have done so they must be punished or the next Despot won't even think twice

    A little history

    In 1980's Iraq used chemical WMD's against Iran on numerous occasions culminating in the WMD attack on the Kurds in 1988 which Reagan blamed on Iran when he knew for a fact his boy Saddam was behind it. Failure to punish Saddam then led to two wars, a trillion dollar price tag and the loss of over 4500 American Lives and at least 10 times that in wounded both physically and mentally .....

    You let Assad get away with this and history will repeat itself and the World doesn't need another cocky dictator like Saddam or Gaddafi who think they can get away with Crimes Against Humanity
  6. pta mom
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    pta mom - September 05, 2013 9:30 pm
    Good. The US should get creatively effective with diplomatic measures.
  7. snowman05
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    snowman05 - September 05, 2013 6:18 pm
    What no blood for oil? I love seeing the Dems lecturing the world Bout WMD's. when was the last time Russia called us a liar publicly? good reset button potus. Lol
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