Sep 3, 2013 11:28 PM by Steven Albritton

Boustany Says "No" on Syria Attack, For Now

U.S. involvement in Syria will all come down to a vote in Congress. The vote could possibly happen within the week. Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reached an agreement on a resolution to use military force against Syria. Congressional aides say the panel will vote on that measure tomorrow, which will limit the duration of any military involvement and ban U.S. troops from being on the ground.

Acadiana's congressional delegation is also weighing in on the issue. Congressman Charles Boustany met with constituents in a town hall setting in New Iberia. The town hall is used for any question to be asked to the congressman, but Syria dominated the conversation.

"I am very, very skeptical and very, very reluctant to agree to agree to an authorization of force," Congressman Boustany said.

He says if he had to vote tonight, his vote would be no.

"You can't solve a complex diplomatic problem and political settlement just by lobing a few rockets," he said.

Boustany reiterated his stance is against conflict at this time, but he has questions that need to be answered before a final decision can be made.

"The important thing is if there is going to be use of military force it's got to be coupled with a long term strategy and a real clear plan on how that's going to play out," he said.

As of now, Boustany believes if a vote were held today Congress would shoot down the idea of attacking. As for other government officials who feel not attacking would hurt U.S. credibility, Boustany points out the trouble of doing the wrong thing.

"Yeah credibility is at stake, but if we take the wrong action and we foul this up and we get ourselves into a quagmire our credibility is at stake."

Boustany says he will be returning to Washington D.C. early to get his questions answered through a series of classified meetings before congress begins voting. A vote could come as early as Monday.

Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter both applaud the President for seeking congressional approval. Vitter is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and tells KATC he'll be participating in a briefing Wednesday to get a clearer picture of the administration's strategy.


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