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September 12, 2013

NH delegation shows mix of doubt, hope

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, says she can’t support military intervention in Syria at this time because the Obama administration doesn’t have a solid strategy.

Ayotte earlier had said she was skeptical of a potential plan to have Syria turn over all its chemical weapons. Late Wednesday, she said the administration’s strategy was “incoherent and inconsistent,” and not consistent with national security interests.

Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster expressed hope that a diplomatic resolution can be reached after chemical weapons were used in Syria. Kuster said she continues to have “very grave concerns” about the unintended consequences of possible U.S. military intervention.

Shea-Porter said she doesn’t believe events in Syria represent a threat to the U.S.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said immediate, serious and credible action is needed from Russia and Syria to relinquish the country’s chemical weapons.

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is expressing a mix of doubt and hope on resolving the crisis in Syria following President Barack Obama’s address to the nation.

Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte said she can’t support military intervention in Syria because the Obama administration doesn’t have a solid strategy.

Ayotte earlier had said she was skeptical of a potential plan to have Syria turn over all its chemical weapons. Late Wednesday, she said the administration’s strategy was “incoherent,” and not consistent with national security interests.

Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster expressed hope that a diplomatic resolution can be reached in Syria. Kuster said she continues to have “very grave concerns” about the unintended consequences of possible U.S. military intervention.

Shea-Porter said, “I still do not believe that the tragedy in Syria represents an imminent threat to our national security.”

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said immediate, serious and credible action is needed from Russia and Syria. She said she is working with colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on an amendment to give diplomacy a chance to work, but to also pressure the Syrians to “take concrete steps” toward the transfer of chemical weapons to international control.

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