President Obama is looking to Congress for a decision on Syria. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer does not want to go into another hot spot.
“I just don’t see us going in with an exit strategy to get out and make this work,” Luetkemeyer says. “This is not some backward country that you’re going to try to take on here. If you grab these guys, you grab a tiger by the tail.”
Luetkemeyer says President Obama does not have a clear plan or exit strategy.
“This has gotta be really thought out. I presently do not support going in. I just don’t think it’s the thing to do. I don’t see our national interests long term as being there,” Luetkemeyer says.
Meanwhile, the AP reports Syrian anti-regime activists say government troops and al-Qaida-linked rebels are fighting over a regime-held Christian village for a second day.
The director of the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman, says the fighters of al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra group entered the Christian village of Maaloula overnight.
Despite heavy army presence in the village in Western Syria, Abdul-Rahman says the rebels patrolled its streets on foot and in vehicles, briefly surrounding a church and a mosque.
He says the rebels left Maaloula early Thursday morning and heavy clashes between President Bashar Assad’s troops and Nusra Front fighters have raged since then in surrounding mountains.
The Observatory has been documenting conflict since it started in March 2011 and has relied on a network of activists on the ground.