Lawmakers blast Obama's Syria war draft

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American lawmakers have criticized the draft of President Barack Obama's authorization for military action in Syria, saying it could open the door to attacks on other countries. Obama and other White House officials pressed lawmakers on Monday to approve military force against Syria. However, there is deep disagreement on how to proceed, with some lawmakers saying the draft authorization is too broad in scope and duration. The lawmakers are worried that the draft could let Obama attack other countries as well. They say although the authorization's focus is on the use of chemicals in Syria, it has not set a time limit on military action, and has not confined it only to Syria. The proposal authorizes the president to use the armed forces "as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria," Reuters reported. The proposal also explicitly allows military action to deter or prevent the transfer of those weapons into or out of Syria. Congressional hesitancy reflects the overall weariness of war among Americans who oppose getting involved in Syria. "People have become, it's more than just war-weary, they've become skeptical of the effectiveness of these military involvements," said Rep. James McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts. "The resolution that they are presenting right now is so open-ended, I think even people who are sympathetic to the administration might have trouble supporting it," he added. Hundreds of anti-war protesters in the United States have taken to the streets to protest against a possible US attack on Syria. Protests erupted outside the White House on Saturday after President Obama announced that he plans to seek congressional approval for a strike against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In addition, many military service members have expressed reservations with attacking Syria, especially following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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