Lawmakers, Local Syrians React to Call for Diplomatic Action in Syria

It's an issue on the minds of millions of Americans.

The possibility of a military strike in Syria has put the country on edge, with President Obama calling on Congress to respond to the Syrian use of chemical weapons with a military strike.

A chance for a diplomatic solution had the president changing his tune, Tuesday. It wasn't what Syrian roommates and MSU students Tarek Tabbaa and Baraa Osman were hoping to hear.

"I feel like Obama is caring for his popularity after presidency instead of actually helping people out," said Tabbaa.

In a Skype interview with News 10, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) agreed it's the wrong decision.

"I thought he needed to make the case on why any action in Syria was in the United States' national security interest," said Rep. Rogers.

He added the president is showing indecisiveness.

"It sends a very poor signal to the rest of the world about U.S. leadership," said Rep. Rogers.

but not everyone is disappointed with President Obama's speech. In a statement, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said, "I believe Congress can best support the goal of a diplomatic solution by approving a resolution that authorizes the use of force if Syria refuses to give up its chemical weapons."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) called for all options to be exhausted for a diplomatic solution in her own statement. Still, those in support of military action aren't giving up.

"Honestly, I think there's no diplomatic way in handling the Assad regime," said Osman.


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