Reaction to President's Obama's decision on Syria
Posted at: 08/31/2013 8:30 PM
On Saturday President Obama said he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack, but he will seek Congressional authorization for the use of force.
News10NBC reached out to our local lawmakers Saturday afternoon to hear what they have to say about the President's decision.
Congressman Chris Collins, who represents eight counties including Erie, Orleans, Genesee and parts of Monroe county, said, "I am pleased President Obama has made the decision to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. This situation is extremely complex and it is appropriate for all the representatives of the American people to vote on this critical decision.”
Before he decides how he'll vote when Congress returns to session Collins said he will "thoroughly review all of the available intelligence and learn all I can about the limited military action in Syria proposed by President Obama."
News10NBC also wanted to hear from you and how you think the U.S should respond to Syria.
"As long as it's not for defense purposes, I really don't think that we should intervene. I think that they have problems that they need to work out themselves and I think that us being over there is selfish in many ways, because I think that ultimately we're trying to reap for our own benefit,” said Corwin Simms.
"It's not going over there to wage war on them to overtake them, but it's going over there to let the people who are terrorists, who are trying to kill other people, or even Americans, I think we should go over there and stand guard,” said Yvonne Wilson.