Sen. Schatz to oppose Syria military strike

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says he intends to oppose a Senate resolution authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria.

"I have weighed the expert briefings and analysis, and listened closely to the people of Hawaii.   Though all of us are outraged by the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, I have concluded that a military strike against Syria is not the answer. Therefore, I will oppose this resolution," said Sen. Schatz.

President Barack Obama is calling for military action after his administration blamed Syria President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack last month that it says killed more than 1,400 civilians.

Other casualty estimates are lower, and the Syrian government denies responsibility, contending rebels fighting to topple the government were to blame.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said this week she would not support Obama's request based on the intelligence she's seen so far.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are undecided.

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