Sen. Al Franken offered his support to the Obama Administration and its plans to have a military strike against the Assad Syrian government, while Minnesota's senior U.S. Senator, Amy Klobuchar, has issued a more restrained statement on Syria.
KARE 11 caught up with Franken in St. Paul Tuesday.
"There is no question that there was a massive chemical attack there," said Franken, according to the station. "Doctors without Borders was there to confirm there were toxins. This is an outrage. It is hideous. There has to be a response."
But, KARE notes, Franken said he does not feel American troops should be part of the strike.
Minnesota Public Radio also caught up with the Senator, and quotes him thusly: “This cannot be allowed to stand,” he said in an interview. “Now, this again is not about another land war in the Middle East. This is about a strike that is going to either use cruise missiles or bombers, so this is not about U.S. troops on the ground.”
MPR also reports this statement from Klobuchar:
“The reports of chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians are horrifying and cannot be tolerated,” Klobuchar said in MPR's report. ”An international response is needed to prevent these atrocities from continuing. I met with the Syrian rebels and refugees this spring and believe we must work with our allies to build a strong coalition of support for any action taken to protect the Syrian people.”