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May 8, 2013

Lugar wary of Syria involvement

INDIANAPOLIS — Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has been out of office since early January, but he’s still being sought after for his opinion about foreign policy matters he once helped shape.

Last weekend, the longtime Republican senator was featured along with former national security adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, who served under President Carter, on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” where he weighed in the volatile situation in Syria.

Lugar, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is wary of the U.S. becoming more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war even while he worries about the humanitarian crisis unfolding.

One of Lugar’s concerns: that increasing U.S. military involvement would inadvertently bolster extremists in the Syrian opposition and lead to unknown consequences.

Asked what he thought about using U.S. air power to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, or taking out the Syrian air force or bombing the palace of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad, Lugar responded:

“Well, that really does get into warfare, because he (Assad) does have some pretty good aircraft and air defenses. And it’s all well and good to talk about the no-fly zone, but that really does put American people at risk who are flying the planes, as well as the planes themselves.”

On Tuesday, Lugar repeated his concerns about the U.S. becoming involved in what he sees as an unwinnable situation.

He acknowledged the tragedy of the Syrian conflict: Since March 2011, the civil strife there has killed more than 70,000 people, according to United Nations. That’s why he’s been supportive of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees who’ve fled into neighboring Turkey.

But he fears that U.S. military involvement in Syria could add to the instability of a region plagued with deep ethnic and religious divisions and lead to the kind of long-term entanglement that the U.S. found itself in after invading Iraq.

Lugar differs from many Republicans in Congress who are pushing for more U.S. involvement in Syria.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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