Hawaii’s Schatz to oppose military force in Syria

Sen. Brian Schatz
Sen. Brian Schatz

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.

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.

Schatz said Thursday afternoon that while he is outraged by Assad’s use of chemical weapons, he believes a military strike is not the answer.

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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