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Ill. Delegation Struggles With Decision on Syria

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Illinois Adjutant General William Enyart

Illinois Adjutant General William Enyart

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Illinois’ congressional delegation is grappling with whether to approve U.S. use of military might against Syria. And freshman Rep. Bill Enyart appears emblematic of the complexity of the decision.

The southern Illinois Democrat who once headed Illinois’ National Guard says he hasn’t made up his mind about President Barack Obama’s call for limited military force against Syria.

Enyart says feedback from his constituents has been overwhelmingly against U.S. involvement. And Enyart wonders whether flexing U.S. military might against Syria might fan anti-America sentiment in the Middle East.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin this week voted in a Senate committee in favor of a resolution authorizing military force but restricting it to 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat. That resolution is to reach the Senate floor next week.

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