Sen. Alexander on Syria: "I will vote 'no'"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sen. Lamar Alexander will not back President Obama's plan to strike Syria over the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons on rebel fighters.

On Monday, the Republican Senator told members of the Nashville Rotary Club he "will vote 'no' because of too much uncertainty about what comes next."

"After step A, what will be steps B, C, D and E? I see too much risk that the strike will do more harm than good by setting off a chain of consequences that could involve American fighting men and women in another long-term Middle East conflict," continued Alexander.

Shortly after President Obama announced he would seek Congressional approval for the planned attack, Alexander said he participated in a briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

He also said he spoke to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel over the weekend.


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