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The Times
  • Hanna opposes military action in Syria

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  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, released a statement Tuesday stating he is against any military involvement in Syria.
    He said he made the decision after receiving a classified briefing from senior officials in the Obama Administration.
    “I have spoken to hundreds of constituents in the 22nd Congressional District. All are bone tired of war and appropriately skeptical of another overseas military engagement.
    “The use of poison gas to cause the wanton extermination of children and innocent civilians in Syria brings immeasurable anguish to all of us. The question has been put to Congress — should we respond with military force?
    “In my opinion, serious questions have not been adequately answered: Is there an outcome that’s predictable? Do we fully understand the repercussions of taking sides in a civil war? What would the impact be on vulnerable Syrian populations, including Christians? Would our engagement do more harm than good? What is the potential for a larger, long-term involvement?
    “Therefore, I am unconvinced that U.S. military involvement at this time would improve the situation or advance American interests in the region. I am pleased to see other opportunities are being presented that could address this situation. I will continue to monitor these developments.”
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