Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

Sep 10, 2013

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Discussion over the situation in Syria continues as more Missouri officials are speaking out.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced he will not support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria, worried about the message it sends.

"Secretary (John) Kerry's words yesterday, ' unbelievably small military action that leaves (President Bashar al) Assad in place,' I'm just not for that and I think it might actually end up sending the wrong message which is the United States will do something but may not do very much," Blunt said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

Blunt also stated that he is skeptical about the Russian initiative to remove chemical weapons from Syria because the reality of being able to control those chemical weapons is too difficult with the current conditions.

"The more the world community figures out how hard it really is to get control of chemical weapons and do anything with them even in a peaceful environment, the more difficult it is to see a way forward that achieves that goal of the world community taking control of and I would assume doing something to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons," Blunt said.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., has also issued a statement addressing her concerns and concerns that 4th district citizens have expressed about military action.

Hartzler said 97 percent of participants on a recent conference call with constituents were opposed to military involvement which only increases her reservations. 

Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has yet to comment on the situation.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that a spokesman for McCaskill said she is wrestling hard with a decision and has yet to make up her mind.