Lawmakers representing our area are mixed when it comes to a military strike on Syria, but most need some convincing from President Obama.
And we found so do people living around here.
Despite weeks of shocking images coming from Syria and reports of chemical weapons used by Syrian leaders on their own people, the president’s plan for a military response is finding a lot of resistance.
“I think the genocide in the world is awful. No one should kill people for any reason, but we’re so overextended with our military. We’re in every part of the world. I don’t know if we have any more troops to send,” said Rita Yuhas of Duryea
Despite the president’s assurance no troops would be on the ground in Syria, people we talked with in Lackawanna County are skeptical.
“What are we going to get? They’re never settled over there, people don’t know any better. It’s sad to see children, it’s sad to watch that, but we should worry about what’s going on in our country more,” said Kathy Wruble.
“I think people have to learn to take care of themselves. They always have to depend on us to come in and save them,” said Sharon Kingsley of Scranton.
Congressman Matt Cartwright is among numerous lawmakers waiting to be convinced by the president and his administration.
“Anyone who would rush into bombing a mid-eastern country after what we’ve been through in the last 12, 13 years hasn’t been paying attention. We’ve been burned before by this,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright/(D)17th District.
Congressman Lou Barletta hasn’t decided yet.
“I look forward to examining the case the president said he would lay out. There are many concerns involved in the debate.”
Representative Tom Marino came out against an attack saying, “I am absolutely opposed to any intervention in Syria at this time. There are too many bad guys on both sides of the conflict. We have far greater priorities at home and in other nations.”
Senator Pat Toomey is on the other side.
“This calls for an American response, being mindful to avoid a long term military engagement in the Syrian civil war.”
Senator Bob Casey says if the U.S. ignores Syria, other threats will take notice.
“The message we would send to them if we don’t take action in terms of our long-term national security, and nations and terrorist organizations that plot against us every day, it would send a terrible message,” said Sen. Bob Casey/ (D) Pennsylvania.
Congress is expected to decide on Syria next week.