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Holding says skepticsm about Syria is growing

Rep. George Holding said Thursday that he is more skeptical about U.S. military involvement in Syria after hearing testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

“After classified briefings and hearing directly from Secretaries Kerry and Hagel yesterday in the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am more skeptical than ever about President Obama’s plan to bomb Syria,'' the Raleigh Republican said in a statement. "For Secretary Kerry to say an attack on Syria – which when you get right down to it amounts to an act of war – is a limited strike, and then add we ‘are not fighting to win,’ doesn’t make a bit of sense.''

"What we heard today from the administration was purely and simply an exercise in minimizing and understating risks – and nothing I heard convinced me it is necessary to send one American soldier into battle,'' he said.

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