U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh said he was skeptical about limited strikes on Syria before he went back to Washington for classified meetings and a public briefing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry last week. Monday, in a one-minute speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Holding said he was "more skeptical than ever.”
“This administration has done nothing to convince me and the American people that they have a focused, effective plan for military action in Syria or really any true plan at all. These strikes, like the administration’s Middle East policy the last four and a half years, lack coherence and fail to support a long-term strategy,” Holding said.
He said the administration hadn’t adequately considered the risk of retaliation from Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s allies Russia and Hezbollah.
— Renee Schoof, McClatchy Washington Bureau