St. Louis (KSDK) - As the President begins making his case to Congress for a military strike against Syria, one local Congressman says he's still not convinced.
First term Congressman Bill Enyart from Belleville is a retired general with nearly 36 years of military experience. The Illinois Democrat sits on the House Armed Services Committee and Sunday he flew to Washington for a classified national security briefing on Syria.
Enyart says he believes the evidence that Syria's president used chemical weapons on his own people is solid. But what he wants to know is if a strike against Syria can make the U.S. any safer.
He also describes his colleagues as divided on the matter...but not they way Congress is usually split along party lines.
"One or two folks got a little partisan and wanted to get into a blame game, but by and large the questions were very serious, very piercing, very probing and I thought very thoughtful," said Enyart of his briefing with other members of the House and Senate.
"As we stand here today I couldn't begin to tell you how Congress will vote on this," said Enyart. "There are no good answers to this and so any decision that we make is a process of picking the least bad alternative."
From the other side of the aisle and the other side of the river Missouri's Republican Senator Roy Blunt said about President Obama's request of Congress
in a statement,
"After weeks of claiming he could and would make this decision on his own, the president's announcement marks an astonishing change of course. While congressional approval is the best course of action and the right thing to do, it would have been the right course of action months ago."
Congress is scheduled to reconvene and take up the issue next week.