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September 6, 2013

Constituents to Walz: Stay out of Syria

Citizens wary of another Middle East war but few address chemical weapons charge


Residents called up memories of the unintended side effects of regime changes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The last thing I want Obama to do is to take us into another theater of war,” said Kathryn Christenson of St. Peter.

After the two-hour session wrapped up, Walz praised that inclination, saying his constituents have “learned lessons about being skeptical.”

The closest someone came to supporting an intervention may have been Neshan Tabibian, a California resident of Armenian descent visiting a cousin in Mankato. He said he was not against a bombing, but warned that an American attack would incite more anger in the Middle East.

One of Walz’s three Republican opponents, Jim Hagedorn, stopped by to criticize Obama’s Middle East policy. He said the president has undermined allies in the region, such as Yemen and Egypt, and allowed rebels to take power.

Obama has refused to say what he’ll do if Congress does not authorize military action. Walz said the president will lack constitutional authority for a strike if Congress doesn't agree to it.


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