Local government officials react to Syria

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TOPEKA, KS — Local Senators and Congressmen are speaking out against President Obama urging the use of military action in Syria.

Both Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins and US Senator Pat Roberts say they are against using US military force in Syria. And it is also an issue that has many Kansans talking.

The topic of what to do in Syria, is controversial. But as for our country’s next move, Kansas First News Political Analyst, Bob Beatty, explains a US strike may be necessary to prove our stance as a nation.

“His [President Obama] basic argument is again an argument that goes back many many years which is that the United States has a unique and special role to play in the world and with that role, comes a certain amount of responsibility and sometimes its a painful responsibility,” said Beatty.

But, local Senators and Congressmen are not convinced that now is the time to prove it.

“I remain firmly opposed to our intervention,” said Senator Pat Roberts.

“I remain convinced that military action against Syria isn’t in our best interest as a nation, and it’s my hope that the President will listen to the American people and lay out a diplomatic option that would prevent Americans from injecting our nation into the middle of a violent civil war,” said Representative Lynn Jenkins.

Representative Jenkins says over 1,000 Kansans have called her office in the past few days.

“They’re running about 99.9% opposed,” said Jenkins.

According to Beatty, it is not just about Syria, it is about the rest of the world.

“Also most famously when the united states was involved in Somalia back in the early 1990’s and eventually just left – it was not a very good scene – Osama bin Laden saw that as a sign of weakness from the United States,” said Beatty.

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