Congressional leaders meet with Obama Administration on Syria

Published 09/03 2013 05:46PM

Updated 09/03 2013 10:56PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--Obama Administration met with leaders of Congress Tuesday, trying to convince them that there is
undeniable proof Syria used weapons to kill more than 1,400 civilians and military action must be taken.

“It is proportional, it is limited. It does not involve boots on the ground. It is not Iraq.  It is not Afghanistan,” President Obama said.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Congressional leaders Tuesday to discuss a plan of action.

But local lawmakers are still concerned.

Republican Congressman Tom Petri is concerned about taking military action in Syria.

“We’ll have to see how the debate and discussion goes. I think [some] people say they’ll stand by the President and support him but most people are basically expressing considerable reservation about this,” Rep. Petri said.

But it’s not just Congress the President has to convince; experts say he also needs to convince the American people.

UW-Green Bay Professor of Democracy and Justice, Dr. Eric Morgan said, “Essential human
rights are being violated. 

People are being targeted with these deadly weapons by their government.  That gives a moral imperative.”

Unlike, Iraq or Afghanistan, Dr. Morgan tells Local 5 this fight wouldn’t be about terror.

“We’re talking about trying to destroy a threat to make the Assad Regime less capable of using chemical weapons against its own people,” he said.

President Obama has also said this would be a limited engagement attack.

The President heads to a summit in St. Petersburg, Russia where he’ll try to build international support.


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