Begich sets out parameters for support

Sep 06, 2013 -- 12:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he doesn't currently support President Obama's resolution authorizing a military strike in Syria, and has reservations about a draft resolution from a congressional committee. He said Thursday that for him to support any action, there have to be clear parameters, including it being an international effort that involves Russia and China. He also says there can be no boots on the ground, and that the military effort cannot be paid for by stripping existing programs. The last requirement is a clear exit strategy. Begich says some will say these standards are too high, and that means he's a probable 'no' vote. But he says these are the standards that have to be met before putting American lives at risk.

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