Thune Discusses Syrian Issue-Has Had Lots of Input from Constituents

Senator John Thune


WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Senator John Thune says he’s been hearing the opinions of South Dakotans, both via phone calls to his office and in recent stops around South Dakota-regarding what the nation should do about chemical attacks on Syrian citizens that are said to have been linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Thune says it’s understandable that most aren’t in favor of any type of military action.

Thune says he believes another reason some are opposed to any type of military action against Syria is because citizens are uncertain whether U.S. leaders are looking far enough ahead on the matter.

President Barack Obama said in a speech to the nation last night that “sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.”  The Associated Press said that the president indicated in his Tuesday address that he would give a Russian diplomatic initiative time to work before pursuing a military action to punish the Assad government for a poison gas attack last month. But Obama says the U.S. military will stand ready to strike if diplomacy fails.

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