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Thu September 5, 2013
Ayotte Undecided On Syria Resolution
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she's concerned insufficient action could make things worse.
Speaking to employees of a Merck-owned vaccine maker in Lebanon, Kelly Ayotte said intelligence briefings leave no doubt the Syrian President Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons. But she also said she’s concerned that the military action outlined by President Obama won’t do enough to weaken Assad's regime.
"Particularly whether if we take the limited military strikes the president is proposing whether we will really have that impact, of how we would define preventing him from using chemical weapons, and frankly degrading the Assad regime and the atrocities they are committing."
Ayotte says she will receive further briefings on Syria early next week. N.H.’s other U.S. Senator, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, has already voted to support the President’s resolution as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She says the said the resolution is an appropriate response to Assad's weapons violations and send signal to his regime and countries like Iran and North Korea that the U. S. won't tolerate the use of weapons of mass destruction.