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11:29 PM, Aug 31, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO,NY -- President Obama believes the United States should take military action against Syria, but is seeking authorization from Congress before making a move.

2 On Your Side reached out to Congressman Higgins by phone who thinks the U.S. should not get involved. 

"I'm just concerned that these limited surgical strikes, as we like to call them -- eventually leads to a longer commitment," Higgins said. "We saw that happened in Afghanistan, we saw what happened in Iraq -- and neither of those places is any better -- as a result of ten years of civil war. These countries have to figure it out for themselves -- there are no good options for the United States and Syria."

 Congressman Collins sent us this statement today explaining the situation in Syria is deeply troubling and any military response could have ramifications far beyond the Syrian border.

 Earlier, Congressman Collins stated, "We need to make sure we know what we're getting into and connect the dots of ramifications," Collins said. "I think the Russians absolutely need to be a part of the discussion - because they're the backers of the regime."

 Congressman Collins is heading to Washington to take part in a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner Sunday.

 Congressman Tom Reed sent us a statement explaining, the White House must give us a clear definition of the objectives and parameters of potential involvement -expressing the goal must be to deter the use of chemical weapons.

 Senator Gillibrand is traveling to Asia, but earlier this week told us her heart broke from the horrible images of innocent women and children slaughtered by chemical weapons. Gillibrand says this despicable act cannot be ignored.

 Now it's a waiting game to see what happens.

 "The reality is nation building unfortunately sometimes requires a civil war where a lot of people are killed. It's highly unfortunate. But I don't think any American intervention is justified here," Higgins said.

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