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Sep 5, 2013 12:29 PM

Lobbying Efforts Continue on Military Intervention in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's another day of closed-door meetings in Washington, as the Obama administration tries to build support in Congress for a military strike on Syria.

The Senate Foreign Relations committee voted 10-to-7 yesterday in favor of a resolution authorizing military action. It would be limited in duration to 90 days, and American ground troops couldn't be sent into combat.

A top Obama administration official says he thinks the American people will be more supportive of a U.S. military strike on Syria, once they see Syria as a separate and distinct situation -- rather than linking it to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told MSNBC, "This is not Afghanistan. This is not Iraq. This is not even Libya." He said it's not "open-ended," and won't involve "boots on the ground."

The argument failed to sway two Republican senators, who announced today that they will oppose any military action. David Vitter of Louisiana and Mike Lee of Utah are members of the Armed Services Committee who took part yesterday in briefings with top defense officials.

In a statement, Lee said the risks of Obama's plan outweigh the gains. And Vitter said he's concerned that after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, getting involved in Syria will make it impossible to muster the "resolve to stop a nuclear Iran."

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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