Rep. Stewart undecided about U.S. involvement in Syria

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The Foreign Affairs Committee voted to approve a U.S. military strike in Syria, but the debate continues before Congress convenes in Washington.

President Obama is waiting on approval from Congress, but Utah’s delegates are not on board.

Congressman Chris Stewart addressed the media outside a town hall meeting at Sweet Library in the Avenues Wednesday evening.

“In the big picture we're seeing the reality that the United States can't lead from behind and we've hadn't had an effective foreign policy going on four years now,” Stewart said.

Stewart recently visited with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in an attempt to understand that dangerous part of the world and was on the Syrian border, yet he said he is unsure if the U.S. military should get involved.

“It was very frankly discouraging to see this important part of the world under so much chaos,” he said.

Syria’s use of sarin gas is responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. President Obama said the use of chemical warfare cross the world’s red line and any country that does so should be punished.

Other Utah delegates are undecided or opposed to proposed military force in Syria. Representative Jason Chaffetz and Senator Mike Lee said there is no clear and present danger to the U.S. to justify going to war with Syria.

“It's best done if we listen to the administration's case look at the briefings then make a decision on what's best for our national security,” Stewart added.

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