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Reaction To President's Speech On Syria
President Obama spoke to the nation tonight about the crisis in Syria. He laid out his case for why air strikes are necessary in the wake of a chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people in Syria.
"If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them," said Obama.
The president also acknowledged that many Americans are tired of war after Iraq and Afghanistan. A deal proposed by the Russians for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons could mean a military strike isn't necessary. But the details of such a plan are still being worked out.
People across Western North Carolina are reacting tonight to the president's speech. Western Carolina University's Jennifer Schiff is an international politics professor. She said President Obama hit on the points she expected, including the gassing and killing of children, that the U.S. must take a stand but also pulling back deferring to news today.
"So it sounds like we should go forward and strike, but then he pulled back saying lets use diplomacy so it gives him political cover but it does make him look indecisive," said Schiff.
Schiff also says that's not necessarily the president's fault, as he faces an opposing Congress and an American public that doesn't support a military strike.
By Kimberly King
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