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Rep. Jim Bridenstine Skeptical About U.S. Action in Syria

by Chris Casteel Published: September 3, 2013

Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a former Navy pilot who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday night that he’s skeptical about using U.S. military force in Syria.
The Tea Party favorite said, “I am pleased that President Obama is seeking Congressional authorization to use U.S. military force in Syria.
“As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I believe that the use of U.S. military force should be selective, based on America’s national security interests. Thus far, President Obama has failed to clearly define America’s national security interests in Syria or explain how a limited cruise missile strike would contribute to achieving our strategic objectives. I look forward to hearing the President’s case, but right now I’m skeptical.”

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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