Sessions remains uncertain on Syria


U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has attended two classified meetings on Syria in the last week, but he remains unconvinced that the U.S. should intervene in the civil war there.

“It is a difficult decision for America,” said Sessions, who spoke at Coaches Corner restaurant in downtown Wetumpka.

He said, first, he needs to see the goal of any mission and an outlined plan to achieve that goal. The senator wants to know “what result are we looking for” and how the situation ends.

“It is healthy to have a national debate and allow that to occur,” Sessions said. “I think the president did well on that, but they have not laid out a real good plan.”

President Obama has requested the authority from Congress to use military action in Syria, arguing there should be a response for the government using chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war there.

Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in briefings on Wednesday and Sunday.

“We cannot take it upon ourselves to attack every country in the world that violates some U.N. resolution or some treaty. We just can’t do that,” he said. “So we have to be able to be sure this is justified. … We’ve got to use our power wisely.”

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile (Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile (Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser)

Fundamentally, Sessions said, the nation does not need to involve itself in a civil war.

Sessions, R-Mobile, said the original resolution sent over by the president was too broad.

“It would have allowed military action of virtually any kind for an indefinite period of time,” he said. “Now the Senate has narrowed it considerably and I haven’t had a chance to study that.”

Sessions, who expects the Senate to vote next week, said he wants to ensure that the decision is made in the nation’s interests and not for political reasons.

– posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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