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Foster: Diplomatic approach should be first priority

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, released a statement following President Obama’s address on Syria:

“I am pleased to see President Obama pursuing a diplomatic solution in Syria. Recent developments are an important reminder of why it is critical that we closely examine all the information and options before taking military action.

“I support the president’s continued efforts to first find a diplomatic solution. While a military response is something that we may ultimately need to consider, my decision will depend upon continued diplomatic progress towards the complete elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, detailed information on the President’s strategic plan, and an authorization which is limited in time and scope.

“The choice to take military action is one of the most significant decisions a government can make and should only be used as a means of last resort.”

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