Petri now leaning against military action in Syria

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Petri now leaning against military action in Syria

By Associated Press. CREATED Sep 10, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's office says the congressman is now leaning away from a military strike on Syria.

The Wisconsin Republican had been undecided on the issue.

Petri said in a statement released Tuesday that he doesn't think the U.S. has exhausted all other options. He says if Syrian President Bashar Assad is willing to work with inspectors and hand over chemical weapons, that's a good sign.

But Petri also says he believes in the saying "trust, but verify," and he's waiting to see if the Syrian government follows through on its promises.

President Barack Obama asked Congress to authorize a military strike on Syria after intelligence reports that the Assad's government used chemical weapons against its own people.