Portman weighs in on Syria

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be challenged by local lawmaker Bob Hagan in 2016.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman believes boots on the ground in Syria would be a bad idea. Portman said President Obama and the majority of other nations have drawn a line against the use of chemical weapons and something should be done in response to Syria’s actions, but the question is what.

“The credibility of the United States and the international community is on the line,” said Portman. “It is appropriate that there is some kind of action, but the question is what will it be? I certainly do not think it us responding militarily in Syria because that would be a mistake in my point of view.”

Portman thinks that a targeted and focused strike could be an appropriate response but said he needs more information that he was unable to get on a phone conference held Monday because it was not a secured line. Nationally and internationally, opinions continue to be split.

“If the congress were to reject a resolution like this after the President of the United States has already committed to act, the consequences would be catastrophic,” said Sen. John McCain.

According to CBS News, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to send a team to Washington D.C. next week to lobby Congress to not take action against Russia’s ally. Sen. Portman believes that for the U.S. to take action, they need to have support from other countries and organizations.

“I think if we do not have that, it would be unwise,” said Portman. “Even if we do have that, we have to closely consider whether it makes sense.”

Even though they agree something needs to be done with Syria, it doesn’t appear NATO will get involved.

“You don’t need NATO command and control system to conduct such a short, measured, tailored military operation,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

More briefings and meetings are expected to take place in the coming week. A decision of action is expected by September 9.

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