The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said he is skeptical of using force against Syria, but said he is withholding judgment until President Obama makes his case and he sees the final details of the congressional resolution that he will vote on.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, applauded Mr. Obama for seeking the congressional approval for a military strike and predicted that the issue will split both Democrats and Republicans.
“I think this is going to be a situation where there is bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition to what the president is proposing,” Mr. Goodlatte said. “In my case, I view this as something that carries a great deal of risk and not a great deal of sense that we’re going to prevent something. We’re not going to be able to seize these weapons. We are not going to be able to assure ourselves that they won’t be used in the future.”
Mr. Goodlatte also voiced concern that cruise missile and drone strikes could result in additional casualties, but said that he is waiting to see the final resolution on a limited strike before making his final decision.
“While I have a lot of questions and I am skeptical about the idea, I think it’s my obligation as a representative of a lot of people who are concerned about this to get all the facts, and then use my best judgment at that point,” he said.