Not a lot of reaction to President Obama’s speech Tuesday night based on the few statements flying into the Prime Buzz in-box.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
That suggests that Missouri and Kansas members are gauging reactions in their home states or congressional districts tonight before speaking out.
For now, it appears that President Obama didn’t win any converts to his call for a strike against Syria.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill remains up in the air. Kansas Reps. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park and Lynn Jenkins of Topeka remain opposed. Their colleague, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita, continues to back a rocket attack.
Here are the comments we have as of 8 a.m. Wednesday:
• “The President made an important case for why Syria’s use of chemical weapons has serious implications for America’s national security—and that a credible threat of military force can strengthen the chances of a diplomatic solution. But, I also continue to weigh the possible consequences of military action. Over the coming days, I will continue to engage with my colleagues, evaluate classified information, and monitor a situation which continues to evolve on a daily basis.” — McCaskill.
• “I remain opposed to attacking Syria and continue to believe that our military involvement there would weaken the safety and security of the American people and our allies rather than strengthen it.” — Yoder.
• “I agree with President Obama that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons to attack his own people was a horrific crime and I join the president in condemning Assad’s actions. However, while I am open to evolving diplomatic solutions, I remain unconvinced injecting our military into the middle of a violent civil war is in America's best interest.” — Jenkins.
• “I am pleased that calls for a more robust strike against Syria have met with the possible outcome of the remove of chemical weapons from Assad. I hope this works, but I am always skeptical when Vladimir Putin is making an offer to help. Regardless, I remain convinced that the only way to assure Americans’ safety is by implementing a strategic and integrated plan that does more than simply ‘shoot across the bow.’” — Pompeo.