Key GOP support promised on Syria; NH congressional delegation deciding
The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Tuesday she hadn't decided whether to back military strikes, but said the use of chemical weapons should be met with "some kind of response."
"Make sure we're having an impact," said Ayotte, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Otherwise, I do not think that American military action should be used just to send a shot across the bow. There has to be a purpose, an accomplishment, an objective and I want to hear what that is."
"If we stand quietly aside while Assad uses chemical weapons, we will seriously hurt our own national security interests and signal to other tyrannical regimes around the world, like Iran and North Korea, that they can use weapons of mass destruction without consequence," Shaheen, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The question now, however, is how we respond. We must determine the best way to make clear that it is unacceptable to use weapons of mass destruction while also protecting our country from becoming mired in a civil war."
"I am not against all war, but in order to justify this act, there has to be a threat to national security, a strong strategy, and a good possibility of success," the Democrat said in a written statement. "At this moment, I do not believe the situation in Syria meets these criteria, and I fear that the United States could be drawn into a lengthy and deadly conflict."
Bishop Peter A. Libasci is asking the people of the Diocese of Manchester to join Pope Francis Saturday in fasting and praying for peace in Syria.
In a statement on the diocese website, the Bishop noted, "we are also praying and hoping for the release of one of our own, journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H, who disappeared in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012."