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Goodlatte, Griffith remain skeptical on Syria strike

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 03 2013 06:31:03 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 03 2013 10:00:43 PM EDT

But 6th District congressman Bob Goodlatte and 9th District congressman Morgan Griffith say they want to hear more about the President's plans before they pass judgement.

BALCKSBURG, Va. -

Two of southwestern Virginia's congressmen say they are skeptical about the use of military force in Syria.

But 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and 9th district Congressman Morgan Griffith say they want to hear more about the President's plans before they pass judgement.

Goodlatte and Griffith haven't returned to Washington yet. Tuesday afternoon, they both attended an event at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg.

They offered a similar take on the situation in Syria, and the prospect of using U.S. military force there.
While the leaders of both parties say they now support a military strike in Syria, Goodlatte and Griffith say they still have serious doubts.

"I am still reviewing the matter. I have a lot of concerns," Goodlatte told WDBJ7 Tuesday afternoon. "I'm skeptical about the proposal, whether we can accomplish the goal of preventing this from happening or whether we will make the situation worse, but I also think it's very important that the President be consulting the Congress."

"We have to be very careful," said Griffith, "because what may appear to be a simple strike might turn into something more. On the other hand we don't want people to use chemical weapons, so we've got the dilemma of the morality of the use of chemical weapons versus the national interests of the United States and what is the right thing for us to do long term.

Both men will receive an intelligence briefing when they return to Washington, and both say it's important to give the President an opportunity to make his case.

Goodlatte says members of Congress will study the issue carefully, ask the tough questions and make a difficult decision next week.