President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria didn’t change the opinions of Kansas delegation members. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, agreed with Obama that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons “was a horrific crime,” but she remains “unconvinced injecting our military into the middle of a violent civil war is in America’s best interest.” Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, said he still believes that “our military involvement there would weaken the safety and security of the American people and our allies rather than strengthen it.” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, the only Kansas lawmaker backing military action, was hopeful about the possible agreement to remove chemical weapons from Syria. After Obama met with lawmakers Tuesday, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he remains “firmly opposed to our intervention,” saying “there is nothing to win.”
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