Congressman Steve Scalise says he would not support sending U.S. troops to Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on its opponents.
"They're in the middle of a civil war and it's not clear if there's a particular side that we ought to be on in terms of what's in the best interests of the United States," Scalise said Monday in an interview with 99.5FM.
But he would not say whether he would support a "surgical" U.S. air strike against Syria being urged by Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican.
"We need to first assess exactly what happened and then make sure that we have a response that our military generals on the ground feel is the most appropriate," the congressman said.
Scalise says the Obama administration, as it decides what to do, should be listening to the generals in the field and talking to our allies, especially Israel, which would have concerns about Syria possibly using chemical weapons on Israelis.
"We need to be doing what we can from our military's perspective to support Israel to make sure that they're not gonna be exposed to these same kind of attacks from Syria," Scalise said.