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Paul Ryan: 'I'm very skeptical' about Obama's plans to strike Syria

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., signaled Monday that he is leaning toward opposing President Obama's request for authorization to use military force against Syria.

In a transcript of an interview with a Wisconsin radio station provided by Ryan's office, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and House Budget Committee chairman said Obama has not made a compelling case for punishing the Syrian regime for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrians. But Ryan said he will withhold final judgment pending a review of additional information coming from the Obama administration.

Following are Ryan's remarks to local radio, as provided by his office:

"I feel that the president has not given us the kind of comprehensive strategy or forethought that is required in order to do something like this. More to the point, because he has limited this in such scope that he has basically promised this will be nothing more than a 'shot across the bow,' it won't achieve any military significance on the ground...

"I'm very skeptical. But as I said, I don't look at these things from a partisan lens. I look at these things as a representative of Wisconsin, looking out for the national-security interests of the people I represent. I told the administration that I will hear their case today, read the classified documents, and attend the briefings.

"But I have yet to see something that makes me think this is a comprehensive and strategic move that requires this kind of use of force. So that's where my mind is right now but like I said, I'm going to go ahead and listen."

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