Local Reactions to President Obama's Speech to Nation About Syria

Local Reactions to President Obama's Speech to Nation About Syria

In President Obama's address to the nation, he postponed his plan to invade Syria. That decision has the Four States divided on what they would like to see happen.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- "I have a lot of family and friends in the military and I don't want to see them go over there. And it's just a dangerous situation that we shouldn't get into," said Amethyst Schnaufer, PSU Student.

"I think it's about people's lives, not only about politics. And as a powerful country, I think U.S. should intervene in Syria's issues," said Luana Bulla, PSU Student. 

One day after President Obama announced the U.S. will not strike Syria, local residents on both sides of the issue were torn on his decision. Pittsburg State University History Professor Doctor Stephen Harmon believes the president did not make U.S. citizens feel completely comfortable with the stance he is advocating. Dr. Harmon says the president still has some persuading to do.

"He brought the American people part way along, but I don't think he brought them far enough along that they're going to be calling up their representatives in droves and asking them to support this resolution. Not at this point," said Doctor Stephen Harmon, Pittsburg State University History Professor.

Even though Dr. Harmon pointed out that there are both pro's and con's to a U.S. military strike against Syria, he does think some sort of action must be taken by the U.S. government.

"Seems pretty convincing that it was perpetrated by the regime against civilians, and that deserves some kind of international response. Otherwise, people are going to say, 'well why don't I use poison gas," said Dr. Harmon.

Doctor Harmon, like President Obama, hopes diplomacy prevails and Syria will turn over all chemical weapons to the United Nations. If that doesn't happen, a U.S. strike could be possible.

"I think he should hope that the Russians and the Syrians are serious about this, because I think there is a fair chance that he may not win that vote even after diplomacy fails, which it very well might do," said Dr. Harmon. 

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