Ohio’s GOP Senator Calls Syria Strategy “Confused”

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (L) and Rob Portman (R) react to proposed Syrian military strike.(Photo: U.S. Senate)
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (L) and Rob Portman (R) react to proposed Syrian military strike.(Photo: U.S. Senate)

Ohio’s Republican senator said the Obama administration’s long-term strategy for Syria appears “very confused.”

Sen. Rob Portman, of the Cincinnati area, had decided to oppose authorizing a military strike, but President Barack Obama asked Congress to hold off on voting this week while a diplomatic solution is sought.

Portman said he doesn’t think the United States should take a military action without having a sound overall strategy. He also said it’s important to attract more international backing, especially in the Middle East region.

He said the presence of chemical weapons in Syria remains a major concern, and he hopes diplomatic efforts with Russia will work.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland says he is encouraged by this week’s developments. He had indicated he was undecided on the military strike authorization.

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