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Senate Delays Test Vote on Syria Intervention

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The Senate is delaying a test vote on authorizing U.S. military strikes against Syria.
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it wouldn't be beneficial to hold the vote while international discussions continue regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons.
 
Reid says it's not important to, quote, "see how fast we can do this." He adds, "We have to see how well we can do this."
 
Reid's action Monday comes amid increased opposition in the Senate to a U.S. military intervention in Syria.
 
The Nevada Democrat had planned a full Senate vote Wednesday. It's unclear when that might happen now.

It's been a key part of President Barack Obama's push for military action against Syria -- the view that if Syria isn't punished for its alleged use of chemical weapons, other rogue governments will feel free to acquire and use chemical weapons of their own.
 
But just one in five people responding to a new Associated Press poll believed that was very likely to happen.

The poll indicates that most Americans oppose even a limited attack on Syria. And more than half of those surveyed were afraid that a strike would lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there.
 
The survey reflects a U.S. public that is reluctant to see new military action after a dozen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it undercuts the political support Obama is hoping to garner as he tries to win congressional authorization to strike the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
The poll indicated that 53 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 73 percent of Republicans believe Congress should vote against the plan to strike Syria. Just 26 percent of those surveyed said they support a military strike. And only 16 percent said they did not believe limited strikes would lead to a longer military campaign. (AP)

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