U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says he's opposed to a resolution for the use of American military force in Syria.
The senator announced his position Tuesday after attending a Senate Republican Conference lunch with President Barack Obama.
Shelby says the president failed to articulate a compelling American interest in Syria's civil war. He also says the president failed to explain what he intends to achieve, or how he intends to achieve it.
Shelby said "I will vote against President Obama's plan because it appears that he does not really have one."
An image grab taken from Syrian state TV shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressing the parliament in Damascus on June 3. Assad paid tribute to civilian and military 'martyrs' of the violence in Syria, saying their blood was not shed in vain.