Sen. Coats Wants to Know More Before Action is Taken in Syria

By Stephanie Parkinson

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - President Obama is rallying for international, and domestic support to take action in Syria.

Thursday the nation's leader met with several allied nations at the G20 summit in Russia.
He also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin who has publicly expressed he doesn't support the idea of strikes in Syria.

Back at home, Obama is hoping to gain support from Congress. But Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he needs to know more about the President's plan before taking a stand. Coats says he wants to know more about exactly what the role of the United States would be in Syria.

One concern that's been raised is the role of Al-Qaeda with the Syrian rebel groups. Coats says he's working to gain more information to make sure if aid, or weapons are provided that they won't be used against America.

Still the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria is something that's alarming to Senator Coats, and makes him think the U.S. should do something to stop that from happening.

The Senator says he isn't against intervening if it will be beneficial to Syria, but he's concerned about starting another war in the middle east.

"U.S. can not be everybody's policeman. We don't have the capacity to do that, nor should we. We've had 10-12 years of wars there I'm not going to put people in uniform back in that situation," said U.S. Senator Dan Coats, (R) Indiana. "Turning to the United States and saying, you can solve this problem of all that's happening in the middle east by intervening, or telling us what to do is not the solution, because there are bad guys on both sides. We've seen this flip back and forth in Egypt. there are just a lot of things we can't do. And I think we have to be very careful not to do something that injects us back into a middle east conflict."

The President has now asked Congress to take this up. Congress is back in session Monday. A vote is expected sometime next week.

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