Sen. Durbin speaks at congressional hearing on Syria strike

By WEEK Reporter

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama and his allies are using a lot of muscle to rally support for a military strike on Syria.

The President's plan is for a limited attack, with no American boots on Syrian ground.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said the authorization may be one of Congress' most important foreign policy votes in a decade.

While the Assistant Majority Leader agrees that the Bashar al-Assad Regime needs to be ousted, he does not want to engage in another Middle Eastern War.

During a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Durbin asked Secretary of State John Kerry for assurance that Syria will not become Afghanistan, a war that now spans more than 10 years in length.

"I hope that we can have your word and assurance that we can work together in a bi-partisan fashion to craft this in a way that carefully achieves our goal but does not expand authority anywhere beyond what is necessary," said Durbin, (D) Illinois.

Meanwhile a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that the majority of Americans are wary of the President's plan.

Nearly 60 percent of those polled oppose a military strike if the U.S. goes it alone.

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