Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said Tuesday afternoon he will oppose possible U.S. airstrikes against Syria.
Coats said in a statement that after several military and White House briefings, including one Tuesday with President Barack Obama, "I do not believe a targeted, limited military strike on Syria is in the direct national security interests of the United States. Therefore, I do not support a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria."
But Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also expressed doubt about a Russian proposal for the U.N. to secure and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons and Obama's willingness to "give diplomacy another chance."
"Reaching an agreement at the United Nations is one thing, but trusting that Syria and Russia will abide by the terms is another matter," Coats said. "Additionally, there remain numerous challenges for the United Nations to secure and destroy these chemical weapons in the midst of a civil war."
He added: “This accidental diplomacy should not be mistaken for a credible plan. The president’s failure to lead over the past five years and communicate a vision for the Middle East region threatens the credibility of our country."