Tea Party senator says he’ll oppose Syria strikes

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Lee was among a number of senators who attended a classified briefing with Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelHagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill Hagel to next president: We need to sit down with Putin MORE and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey on Syria. He’s a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He said he doesn’t think the president’s options will accomplish the goal of deterring chemical weapons attacks.

“It remains unclear how the president’s plan to execute limited strikes would prevent Assad from using chemical weapons again or even make it less likely,” he said. “Second, it is entirely possible that ineffective U.S. strikes would embolden Assad to become even more ruthless towards his people.”

This is the first official full statement the Utah senator has made regarding Syria since the Obama administration began to voice its intentions to attack.

He tweeted twice about Syria on Friday after Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryAn all-female ticket? Not in 2016 GOP senator calls for China to crack down on illegal opioid Obamas to live in home of former Clinton press secretary: report MORE made the case for an intervention.