Sen. Ben Cardin

Sen. Ben Cardin, D: As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin had the unenviable task of being the first member of the state's congressional delegation to have to vote on authorization for the strikes. Arguing that the resolution adequately limited the chance of increased involvement, he supported it.  "Assad's blatant use of chemical weapons against the people of Syria flies in the face of the rules of war and, for the sake of America's national security and the stability of the region," he said, "we cannot turn a blind eye to this heinous act."

( Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / August 8, 2009 )

Sen. Ben Cardin, D: As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin had the unenviable task of being the first member of the state's congressional delegation to have to vote on authorization for the strikes. Arguing that the resolution adequately limited the chance of increased involvement, he supported it. "Assad's blatant use of chemical weapons against the people of Syria flies in the face of the rules of war and, for the sake of America's national security and the stability of the region," he said, "we cannot turn a blind eye to this heinous act."

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