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President Obama Speaks About Crisis in Syria
Written by Matt Casasanta
Last updated on September 01, 2013 @ 2:14AM
Created on August 31, 2013 @ 11:13PM

President Obama said Saturday that we as a nation should take some form of military action against Syrian targets.

This comes after the most recent attack in Syria on August 21st, which U.S. intelligence has reported involved chemical weapons. It's been reported that the death toll is more than 1,400 including women and children.

The president urged congressional leaders to consider their responsibilities when discussing the issue and deciding if the U.S. should take military action.

He said, "some things are more important than partisan differences or the politics of the moment. Today, I'm asking congress to send a message to the world that we are united as one nation."

So what do local residents feel about the potential military action? Here's what some people had to say.

"Syria is in a very precarious position right now. It's hideous what's going on over there. I guess we have to step in. The strong have to help the weak. I guess that should be our policy," said Melba Richards from Harrison County. "It's gonna cost lots of money, and we have hungry people here in this county, we need to take care of them too."

"I believe we should get involved . I believe we should help all the people that we can. If we have the means to do it, I believe we should," said Shad Phares from Elkins. "If we were in that situation, I would hope to god somebody would step in and help us."

Most of you agree that intervening in Syria is definitely a necessity, although the expense of the matter does concern most of you. Obama said main congressional leaders, like house speaker John Boehner and Senate majority leader Harry Reid both are siding with the president. As of right now, the president will seek congressional approval when congress comes back into session. They are set to be back after the holiday weekend.


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