Santa Barbara
74° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
68° F
Clear
Clear
San Luis Obispo
67° F
Clear
Clear
Ventura
70° F
Clear
Clear

President Obama's Speech Gets Mixed Reaction

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:28:26 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 11 2013 05:42:08 PM CDT

More people sold on diplomacy than military action

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

 President Barack Obama said diplomacy has "the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons" in Syria without the use of force.

But in a televised speech to the nation Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. military will be ready to strike.  The president plans to keep the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad so that he will comply with a Russian plan and turn over chemical weapons.

Syrian Americans said they were not convinced that a military strike would solve the problems in their homeland. They are also not sure who is to blame for the use of deadly chemicals on entire neighborhoods.

Simon Safar, of Santa Barbara, said his family near Damascus believes the enemy is not the regime, but the extremists fighting against them in a civil war.

He said the people of Syria don't want the U.S. to use force.

Many people walking around Santa Barbara after the speech said they didn't watch or listen to the speech, but they had strong opinions.

They don't believe that the president can promise there will no boots on the ground once action is taken.

Many favor the President's willingness to try alternatives before using force.

Congress won't vote on the matter right away.

The delay could change the debate.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus