Congressman McCarthy undecided on striking Syria

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 House Republican, said Tuesday he's undecided on whether he'll support military action in Syria.
   
The Obama administration summoned the congressman and other Republican and Democratic leaders to the White House on Tuesday morning as they pushed for congressional approval of an attack on Syria.
 
"(I) want to make sure it's concise, that this is not an Iraq or Afghanistan, that this achieves the goals and objectives of America, and what those are, and is it the best use to achieve those goals," McCarthy told Eyewitness News on Tuesday during a satellite interview.
 
House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both Republicans, too, said they support military action in Syria.
 
"This is something the United States, as a country, needs to do," said Boehner after meeting with President Barack Obama.
 
Though, McCarthy said there is no question on whether or not the chemical-weapons allegations against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are true.
 
"There's no doubt Assad used chemical weapons, it's not just us who are saying it. Iran has said it, and others. You've got a clear world view,” said McCarthy.
 
Congress will meet and take a vote on the resolution next Monday. McCarthy said he has concerns about the U.S. allies, though he did drop a hint on how he plans to vote Monday.
 
"You have more than a hundred countries that have signed the treaty that have said, 'no' to chemical weaponry. And if people don't stand up, do others feel the right to use it at any other times," the congressman from Bakersfield said.
 
Obama has addressed repeatedly that Americans are “war-weary” after a decade of conflict.
 
“This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground,” the president said over the weekend. "Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope.”