Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday avoided weighing in on the Syria decision his former U.S. Senate colleagues will soon make.
"My boundaries extend as far as the boundaries of the state of Minnesota and that gives me plenty to focus on," he said, when asked about the upcoming congressional votes on whether to authorize the use of force in Syria. "I support the president of the United States in his decisions and I'll leave it at that."
As a U.S. Senator in 2002, Dayton was one of the few who voted against the use of force in Iraq.
He agonized over that decision, he said at the time. According to a 2002 Star Tribune article, he weighed the conflict between supporting the majority and "speaking with one voice," and following his conscience and "speaking with my own voice," according to a Star Tribune story.
The Syrian military declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fire for the entire country on Wednesday, coinciding with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported.
Dozens of State Department employees have endorsed an internal document that advocates U.S. military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks, officials said Thursday. The position is at odds with U.S. policy.
Senators raised but then postponed an effort Thursday to advance a new legal justification for U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, highlighting the difficulty of carrying out what lawmakers say is their constitutional duty to declare war.