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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says rejecting military action in Syria would not be catastrophic

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says U.S. stature is not at stake in a congressional vote about Syria, and that the military is too stressed to be drawn into a protracted action.
by Chris Casteel Modified: September 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm •  Published: September 2, 2013
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Inhofe said, “Quite often I disagree with John McCain and Lindsey Graham. This is definitely one of those times. ... Our stature is not at stake.”

The senator said he agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry that the use of chemical weapons was “horrible.” But he said many experts have predicted that a U.S. military strike actually could lead Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to kill more of his people.

Inhofe said he would continue to listen to what the Obama administration has to say over the next few days.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a hearing on the administration's request for military action.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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