Kerry’s Senate Replacement Opposes Obama Military Plans In Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts says he opposes the resolution that would allow President Barack Obama to order military strikes against Syria.

Markey, who replaced Secretary of State John Kerry, said in a statement Tuesday that the measure is too broad and the impact of any military action too uncertain. He said diplomatic measures should be given a chance to work.

“I cannot support the resolution that passed the Foreign Relations Committee to use force in Syria because it is too broad, the effects of a strike are too unpredictable, and because I believe we must give diplomatic measures that could avoid military action a chance to work,” Markey said in a statement.

Markey is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, he voted present when the panel narrowly passed the resolution authorizing limited military strikes.

Market attracted criticism in Massachusetts when he voted “present” — which is neither “yes” nor “no” — last  Wednesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He said he has read the intelligence reports and has no doubt that the Syrian government is responsible for last month’s chemical weapons attack. However, he said military strikes could undermine U.S. efforts in the Mideast.

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