CBS 2 - Search Results
Iowans Wait for U.S. Response to Syria
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX28) As pressure continues to build and the images of hundreds of Syrians lying dead sends shock waves through the world, Iowans watch closely, waiting to see the country's next move.
"Consequences can be quite large, said Jim Leach a former Iowa congressman and foreign service officer.
On Friday, the U.S. released intelligence accusing Syria of releasing chemical weapons which gassed and killed more than 1,400 people.
Leach says no matter which way the U.S. turns, the outcomes of intervening may be devastating.
"To not respond may be viewed by some as a callous disregard for human rights, Leach said. On the other hand, to respond could have many counterproductive effects."
Like resentment from those who don't want a repeat of mistakes or losses in Iraq or Afghanistan.
"There'll be far more opposition than support," Leach said.
President Obama says he's considered a war weary America, and in Iowa, it's also a war between doing the right thing, and having done enough.
I think we should get involved only if it's limited as to taking care of (President) Assad and helping the innocent people that are being killed and hurt," said resident Debbie Snider.
"I have a son that's had to serve over in Iraq, and I think we've done enough for now and need to take care of our own place for now," said resident Kathy Dechant.