By Ledyard King / Tennessean Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Tuesday
he does not support a military strike against Syria for apparently using
chemical weapons against its own people.
The Jasper Republican,
who attended a classified briefing in Washington on Sunday, said "the
preponderance of the evidence" suggests chemical weapons were used and
that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad probably was
But DesJarlais doesn't believe that justifies the
military strike President Barack Obama is recommending for several
reasons: There are no allies ready to join the United States, the
president's decision to wait for congressional approval suggests a lack
of urgency, and his District 4 constituents oppose military action by a
four-to-one margin, based on their contacts with his office.
not see a direct threat to American interests or its allies or national
security," DesJarlais said. "From what I've seen right now, I do not
think intervention is what my district wants. I don't think it's
justified at this point."
DesJarlais differs with Republican Sen.
Bob Corker of Tennessee, who supports a limited strike against Syria as
called for by the president.