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Roy Blunt On Syria: GOP Senator Opposes Military Strike

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Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, listens to testimony from Penny Pritzker during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Pritzker probably will be confirmed as Commerce secretary, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, top Republican on the Senate panel, said after she testified. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Getty

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says he is opposed to President Barack Obama's request for military action against Syria, questioning whether the administration has realistic policy goals for the Mideast nation.

In a statement Monday, Blunt says that he fears Obama's strategy of limited military action and the unknown response it may cause are wrong.

Blunt had issued tough statements on Syria when Obama announced that he would seek congressional approval, saying it would have been the right course of action months ago.

The senator said he participated in a number of briefings on the issue, but could not support the resolution to give Obama the authority to use military force.

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