Utah lawmakers are troubled by events they see happening in Syria, but remain hesitant about backing a potential missile strike against the Middle Eastern country.
Top of Utah members of Congress, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Farmington, and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Brigham City, remain undecided about how they might vote on a resolution to back a show of force against the Syrian regime, which has been accused of using chemical weapons against its own people.
Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have also not formally announced a position on the matter.
President Barrack Obama spent Tuesday meeting with GOP leadership in the House to push for action, and Secretary of State John Kerry also pushed the matter Wednesday in a meeting with a Senate committee.
"What we are witnessing throughout the Middle East is a direct result of the lack of American leadership and a coherent foreign policy. The idea that we can 'lead from behind' is proving fatally flawed," Stewart said.
He said he finds the situation in Syria troubling and said there seems little doubt a line has been crossed.
"Before deciding what is the appropriate action to take, I need to see the wording of the President's proposed resolution for authorizing strikes, which is still being drafted," Stewart said.
Stewart said he will return to the nation's Capitol for a briefing on the matter next week. He said he will make a decision after weighing what is best to protect the nation's security and strategic interest.
Melissa Subbotin, communications director for Bishop, said the Brigham City Republican has not made a decision on how to vote on the matter.
"He has serious concerns with taking action but needs to have some questions answered before taking a final position" Subbotin said.
She said he will also return to D.C. for a briefing on the matter next week.
A spokesman for Sen. Hatch said the senior Utah lawmaker is reviewing all the intelligence and arguments for and against a military strike in Syria before making a decision about whether to support congressional authorization for the use of force.
Sen. Lee appears to be leaning toward opposition to any congressional authorization. Lee said after hearing from Kerry and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs in a top-secret briefing, he is not convinced the range of options Obama is considering will significantly degrade the power of Syrian Ppresident Bashar Hafez al-Assad to use chemical weapons or deter future attacks.
Two other members of the Utah congressional delegation also appear to have their doubts about authorizing a use of force. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Alpine, said he's skeptical of the need for U.S. involvement on the matter, while Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Salt Lake City, said he is also unconvinced about the need for American intervention in the matter.