Rep. Jim Cooper 'extremely leery' of U.S. involvement in Syria - WKRN News 2

Rep. Jim Cooper 'extremely leery' of U.S. involvement in Syria

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U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper told News 2 his mind is not made up yet about a possible U.S. strike against Syria. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper told News 2 his mind is not made up yet about a possible U.S. strike against Syria.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Democrat who represents the Nashville area in Congress says his mind is not made up yet about a possible U.S. strike against Syria but adds he is "extremely leery of any U.S. involvement."

Representative Jim Cooper told News 2 Monday that is it "hard for me to see right now from what I know today that our involvement would do any good."

Cooper's comments come in the wake of a chemical weapons attack in Syria's civil war on August 21 and President Obama's call over the weekend for congressional approval for military strike.

Cooper, like President Obama, blames the country's Assad regime.

"I am personally pretty much convinced right now that Assad used poison gas, the evidence seems to be pretty clear on that," he said.

Rep. Cooper was among the small group of lawmakers who flew back to the nation's capitol Sunday for a classified briefing on the Syrian civil war.

"There were only about 70 House members there and about eight senators, but the overwhelming feeling was pretty negative," Cooper added. "I just hope that folks in Tennessee will be informed and patient as we go through the debate."

Like other lawmakers, Cooper is scheduled to be back in Washington on September 9.

He told News 2, "As best I can tell there won't be any military action for 10 days, maybe two weeks."

Cooper said he also urged people that "it's a good time to learn about the region" because the Mideast is a complicated puzzle with many consequences of any action.

He said, "It's possible a surgical strike could do some real good, but in my opinion right now, that is yet to be determined."

In an earlier interview Monday, Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais told News 2 he does not think Congress will approve the president's call for a military strike.

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