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Collins: Obama Puts US in 'No Win' Situation
09/04/2013 09:59 AM ET  

But the Maine Republican senator said at an appearance in Waterville on Tuesday that she is pleased that Obama has sought congressional approval for a possible military strike against Syria.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says President Obama has put the country into a "no-win situation'' by issuing an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad without fully considering the consequences.

The Maine Republican said at an appearance in Waterville on Tuesday that she is pleased that Obama has sought congressional approval for a possible military strike against Syria, suspected of using chemical weapons against its own people.

The Morning Sentinel  reports that Collins said the president acted too quickly when he warned that Syria's use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line'' resulting in serious consequences.

Collins said if there is no military response it could embolden Iran, which she referred to as a ``rogue state'' developing a nuclear weapon.

She said military action would likely cause the deaths of innocents.


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