Hoosiers weigh in on Syria crisis
The crisis in Syria continues to grind on, and Tuesday a delegation from Russia will meet with members of Congress in Washington.
Russia is rejecting American evidence of chemical weapons used by the Syrian government and is asking the United States to declassify all of its intelligence.
Secretary of State John Kerry says there's an overwhelming case the Syrian government used sarin nerve gas on opposition forces. The US estimates 1,400 people died in the attack.
The Navy has positioned five ships in the Red Sea, ready for a strike within Syria. Both Russia and China say they are gravely concerned over a possibility of a US military strike.
Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer (R) says he supports President Obama's decision to consult Congress and now Messer says it is up to Congress to do the right thing.
Bob Hill spent Labor Day with friends at the Jazz Kitchen at 54th and College, but he was still mindful of the big picture. He supports the president's decision to consult Congress about Syria.
All the same, "I don't like the fact that we have become the police force for the world," said Hill. "That seems to be our position. We don't have the manpower or the military power to do that anymore."
"I think the President did the right thing. Now Congress has to rally and do the right thing as well," said Rep. Messer.
Messer is the only member of the Indiana delegation with a seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee. He attended a classified briefing on the situation over the weekend.
"I'm someone based on the evidence I have seen who believes military intervention is probably appropriate," he said.
To Bob Hill's point, Rep. Messer says the president needs to help make the case for why US intervention can make a difference. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) attended the briefing as well.
"We are going to continue to obtain as much information as possible; review everything that is going on. Syria's conduct was outside the bounds of international behavior. We are trying to find the best solutions," said Donnelly.
Back at the Jazz Kitchen, Bam Miller was sketching some of Indy's Jazz greats as the music surrounded her. We asked her what she would sketch about the president's decision to consult Congress.
"I would not want to be in his hot seat now and that is why I say it is a question mark," she said.