Sanford on Syria: I don't support a strike at this point

Sanford on Syria: I don't support a strike at this point

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - U.S. officials say Navy ships are being positioned in the Red Sea near Syria as President Barack Obama tries to convince Congress to authorize an attack, but some South Carolina lawmakers say, based on the facts at this time, they do not support a strike on Syria.

Congressman Mark Sanford says he commends President Obama's decision not to strike without Congress' support.

"For the last several days we've heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree."

However, Sanford says the President's strategy isn't clear. Sanford says he's leery of going into a country that has been involved in civil war for two-and-a-half years. Senator Lindsay Graham, who met with the President this afternoon, isn't convinced either.

"I can't sell another Iraq or Afghanistan because I don't want to. What I can sell to the people of South Carolina that if we don't get Syria right Iran is surely going to take the signal that we don't care about the nuclear program, and it weighs on the President's mind strongly about the signals we send."

Sanford says before a decision is made, he wants to know what will success in Syria look like, and if it's reached, how does the United States get out?

"What is the military or strategic or tactical effect of advertising the fact that you're going to lob in a couple of bombs, not with the intent of overturning or changing anything, just as a punitive strike? I mean I don't know what that does."

The Congressman also says the public's opinion should weigh in heavily before a strike is given the green light.

"Body bags don't go back to Washington. They go back to Memphis, Tennessee and Charleston, South Carolina and a lot of other little towns in-between."

The House and Senate officially return to Washington September 9th.