4 Illinois Congressmen attend president’s Syria briefing
Four Illinois congressmen attended President Obama’s intelligence briefing on Syria on Sunday.
Democratic Congressmen Bill Enyart, Mike Quigley, Bill Foster, and Brad Schneider were all there.
Enyart is a retired general who deployed members of the Illinois National Guard to Afghanistan in 2008-09.
“There are no good answers,” Enyart told the Chicago Tribune. “People are going to die if we act. People are going to die if we don’t act. What we have to do is weigh very carefully all of our alternatives and pick the least bad of our alternatives.”
President Obama announced Friday that he wants Congress’ approval before he orders a military strike against Syria.
Lawmakers appear to be divided, even after meeting with the President.
Some say they don’t want another war in the Middle East, while others say the plan doesn’t do enough to remove Syrian President Assad from power.
The briefing lasted about an hour, followed by a 90-minute question-and-answer session.
U.S. Rep Mike Quigley described the briefing as thorough, to-the-point and somber.
Quigley said if a vote were held today he thinks it would be a “lean ‘no’.”
Quigley said he’s concerned about the cost of military action, estimated at $100 million.
He also said he thinks it would be a bad idea for the U.S. to “go it alone.”