Sept. 1 - Mixed reactions among U.S. lawmakers after special briefing on Syria intervention. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After members of Congress met with U.S. President Barack Obama's National Security team Sunday, many left with mixed feelings about possible intervention in the Syria crisis. Democratic Representative Jim Himes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE JIM HIMES FROM CONNECTICUT SAYING: "I'm still very skeptical about the President's proposal. It is not clear to me that we know what the results of this attack will be, meaning, will it be effective? It's not clear to me what response might be undertaken by Iran, by the Syrians, against Israel, against us, in the realm of terrorism." While some said evidence that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime was clear, Republican representative Michael Burgess is not convinced about a U.S. strike. . . (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE FROM TEXAS, MICHAEL BURGESS, SAYING: "Certainly, the mood in the district that I represent is 'do not do this', and I honestly didn't hear anything that told me I ought to have a different position." Democrat Sander Levin has few doubts that the Syrian government was behind an attack that killed more than 1,400 people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRAT REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, SANDER LEVIN SAYING: "The Syrian government engaged, they crossed a red line, that was- began to be drawn a hundred years ago. And it's not only a red line the President has drawn, but more or less that our human society has drawn. And there has to be a focused response. If we don't respond it will be an incentive for him to do it again, or for other nations to cross that red line." The Full House is expected to take up the issue in the week of September 9th.