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Iraq vs. Syria: A look at how local lawmakers voted then and now

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Updated: 9/10/2013 9:09 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The threat of military intervention in yet another Middle Eastern country has drawn parallels to a similar decision that members of Congress faced 11 years ago.

The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 months after a congressional vote granted President George W. Bush authority to proceed with military action.

A decade later, Congress is facing a new vote that could potentially authorize military action in Syria.

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw is one of six local lawmakers still in office today who also cast a ballot on Iraq.

“I would like to pursue any diplomatic solution. I’m very skeptical. I’m not going to hold my breath while we wait for this to happen,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson and Rep. Jack Kingston all voted yes to strike Iraq. Eleven years later, all three now say they'll vote against military action in Syria.

“No one has explained to me what is going to be accomplished by this attack,” said Crenshaw.

Action News also asked Isakson why the change of heart.
 
“Go back to '99 when I supported President Clinton going into Kosovo. In each of those cases there was a coalition of the willing. In the case of Iraq the United Nations resolution, in the case of Afghanistan 14 partners and NATO and the world community was there," said Isakson. "The world community was not there in this particular question on Syria.”
 
The differences can be seen across the aisle. Rep. Corrine Brown voted no to Iraq but says she would support a strike in Syria. 

Only Sen. Bill Nelson has remained consistent by voting yes on Iraq and also backing a U.S. led strike on Syria.

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wishmistress - 9/11/2013 1:55 PM
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Ms. Inclan, I'm sorry, but you need to get educated. There is NO COMPARISON between these two issues! NONE.
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