Georgians say 'no' to war with Syria - CBS46 News

Georgians say 'no' to war with Syria

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President Barack Obama took his case to the American people on whether the U.S. should launch military strikes against Syria.

CBS Atlanta spoke speak with conservative  and progressive Georgians to find out if the president's speech persuaded them.

They, like the much of the rest of the nation, were against launching any strike against Syria.

They said, while the president delivered a good speech, they feared military action against the Assad regime would have dire consequences.

"It could cause a lot of civilian casualties and could encourage the Assad regime to use chemical weapons more quickly," said Alan Abramowitz, a progressive voter.

"It would result in more deaths, and it's not clear he would not eliminate chemical weapons anyway," said Ann Abramowitz, also a progressive.

"You're going to weaken him. He's going to retaliate. What does it mean after he retaliates? Does it mean more U.S. involvement, and what strategy do we have at that point?" asked Jay Clayton, a moderate conservative.

They all said, however, the president is correct to take his argument to Congress before he takes any action.

"He was right to go to Congress because there was no strike on U.S. soil," Clayton said.

"He made the right decision to go to Congress," Alan Abramowitz said.

"I think he was right to go to Congress, but he won't get what he wants," Ann Abramowitz said.

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