Locals react to President's decision on Syria

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 6:24 pm | Updated: 6:25 pm, Sat Aug 31, 2013.

SARASOTA--With U.S. military intervention a strong possibility, people hit the streets of sarasota to speak out against the idea, while others say the U.S. must do something. The only idea that both sides agree on, is that there are no easy answers.

With echoes of the drumbeat to Iraq still ringing in their ears, protestors in downtown Sarasota say the U.S. has no business getting involved in Syria's civil war.

"I'm all for peace efforts and diplomacy but not war," said one demonstrator.

Gathering at the corner of U.S. 301 and Ringling, some in the group say the President needs to sort out our own country's problems before trying to fix everyone else's.

"We have to make sure we're taking care of people at home first," said another protestor, "that's really number one."

Still others around town say the United States has an obligation to take a stand.

"I think we have to do something, we can't allow chemical weapons to be used," said a woman from Port Charlotte.

The president made the argument Saturday that the use of chemical weapons by Syria is a direct threat to U.S. national security. Some though say they're not seeing the connection.

"It's not our problem, we shouldn't be there in the first place," said Peter Taylor, a concerned citizen.

Despite saying that he's got the authority to "go it alone" on the issue, the President says he will allow Congress to vote on military intervention.

"I'm glad he's going to have congress have a say in it because I think that's important to get the pulse of the people," said a woman in Sarasota.

A pulse that for now seems somewhat split, with no easy options on the table.

Congress is set to return on September 9, it's expected they will vote on the issue then.

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  • tim posted at 6:15 pm on Sun, Sep 1, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    the WMD scam worked once..... obama is the devil. nuclear war is coming. say goodbye to your children. YOU VOTED FOR IT!

  • Voice od Reason posted at 10:19 pm on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    Voice od Reason Posts: 1

    I don't under stand why Obama keeps on telegraphing his intent to start and end wars and quantify the expected damage. You don't even play sports that way. What is the purpose of lobbing "X" number of Tomihawk missels at the Syrian regiem due to their disgusting autrocities? What Bush 43 understood is that you need a change in the dictatorship. Knocking down a few buildings does nothing but makes us, look fraile. Assad needs to go yesterday. If our goal is not to take Assdad out, we should not intervien. You need to decapitate the head of the serpitant. Mark my words; Obamas democratic spring will eventually turn into a neucliar winter. It's only a matter of time.


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