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Jerry Moran, 2013: Give peace a chance; Roberts, too

Updated: 2013-09-03T21:45:56Z


Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks., says he will not support U.S. military intervention in Syria.

Sen. Pat Roberts also says he’s a no vote.

“America cannot afford another conflict that taxes our resources without achieving goals that advance American interests,” Moran said in a statement Monday.

Eleven years ago, though — when George W. Bush was president — Moran and Roberts voted for a measure authorizing the invasion of Iraq. So did Sen. Roy Blunt.

Moran and Blunt were House members at the time. Roberts was in the Senate.

UPDATE: Roberts opposes Syrian intervention:

“While I recognize the horror of citizens and their children being murdered by their own government, whether by poison gas or by bombs and bullets, it is clear we have no meaningful coalition of allies, nor detailed plan of action nor clear picture of our objective,” he said in a statement from his office.

Sen. Claire McCaskill was not in either house of Congress at the time. Her position on the Syrian intervention resolution is unknown.

Her statement:

“It’s the right course of action for the President to seek Congressional approval for a strike against Syria. A dictator’s illegal and brutal murder of innocent civilians with chemical weapons has clear implications for our national security, and for the safety of our allies, but we must avoid becoming entangled in another long, costly military campaign. I hope that members of Congress leave politics at the door and approach this debate thoughtfully.”

President Barack Obama was not in Congress in 2002.

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