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POSTED: September 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

As they did a decade ago, American leaders again are contemplating whether to take military action against a ruthless regime in the volatile Middle East.
President Barack Obama is seeking authorization from Congress before ordering a possible U.S. airstrike on Syria, as the Obama administration believes the Syrian government ordered the use of chemical weapons on its own people in a devastating Aug. 21 attack that left hundreds dead.
Congress will reconvene next week to debate the issue.
Georgia lawmakers currently are divided on whether the United States should bomb suspected Syrian chemical-weapons storage sites.
U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson released statements on Labor Day weekend in support of an airstrike.
“It is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress, although I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9,” Isakson said. “I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action against Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria — as well as to Iran and North Korea — that they are accountable to no one.”

Read full story in Sept. 4 issue of the Bryan County News. 

 

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