Most of Mississippi Delegation Oppose Action in Syria

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.
Five of the six members of Mississippi's congressional delegation say they'll vote against the U.S. taking military action in Syria.

Republican Thad Cochran told The Associated Press Monday that he's leaning against military action but still considering President Barack Obama's arguments for it.

Those who say they'll vote "no" are Sen. Roger Wicker and Reps. Alan Nunnelee, Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo, all Republicans; and Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat.

Wicker says Obama "has not made a clear case about his strategic or tactical goals."

Nunnelee says Obama has failed to show how military action would advance U.S. interests.

Thompson says the U.S. military is already stretched and other countries aren't offering manpower.

Palazzo says his constituents overwhelmingly say the U.S. should stay out of Syria, and he agrees.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council has scheduled closed consultations on a resolution aimed at securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

Council diplomats said Russia asked for the meeting.

The Syrian government has accepted a proposal from Russia, its most powerful ally, to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

France has announced that it plans to introduce a Security Council resolution to ensure international verification of the disarmament.

The White House said the U.S., France and Britain have agreed to work closely together, and in consultation with Russia and China, "to explore seriously the viability of the Russian proposal."

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