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Lawmakers representing CSRA voters explain positions on Syria

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss Syria's chemical weapons for two days. If their diplomatic efforts to find an end to the Syrian crisis fail, U.S. military intervention in Syria may come to a vote in the U.S.

U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson who represents District Two in South Carolina opposes U.S. involvement in Syria.

"I'm so concerned about the confused policies of this administration. The ever changing policy, the ambivalence, the uncertain red lines, the administration is giving a pretension of weakness that puts the American people at risk," he said.

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th Congressional District Paul Broun agrees with Wilson.

In a statement, he said, "Without there being any direct threat to American national security, I do not find military intervention in Syria to be within our national interest, particularly in our current economic state."

President Obama asked Congress to hold off on a vote about a U.S. military strike in Syria. The Senate is also waiting to vote on the issue while the U.S. works with Russia through the United Nations to convince Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator for Georgia, said, "I would support a diplomatic solution if the international community can secure and destroy Assad's weapons. However, I remain cautious about any deal involving Russia and we should not take American military strikes off the table." 

The Obama Administration says about 1,400 Syrians have already died from chemical weapon attacks.

Obama says if the chemical weapons aren't handed over, the U.S. needs to hold the Syrian government accountable.

In a statement, U.S. Senator for Georgia Johnny Isakson said he believes military involvement will have consequences.

"The administration's lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling," he said.  

South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham sees it differently; he believes military action is the Presidents only option.

"If diplomacy fails, he's painted himself into the corner. The leader of the free world can't say all these things and at the end of the day do nothing," Graham, said.

Congressman John Barrow's office didn't return requests for comment; his staff members say he's still undecided.

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