Military and Syrian American Communities Respond to President

Military and Syrian American Communities Respond to Obama's Speech

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A US Military Expert and Syrian American sit down side-by-side as President Obama addresses the nation on the current situation in Syria.

"I'm satisfied as a Syrian citizen, by most of his speech," said Dr. Amer Nouh, a neurologist who moved to the US from Syria in 2004, "except by the lack of what's after."

Both men agree the US must take action against Syrian dictator, Bashar al Assad.

"The president seems set on a punitive expedition," said Ret. Lt. Col. Steve Russell, a military expert.

Although they agree something must be done to condemn the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, both men propose a different approach to US action in Syria.

"Every moment of every day I feel afraid," said Dr. Nouh.

Dr. Nouh still has family and friends living in Syria.  Most of his loved ones live near the Lebanon border.  

Dr. Nouh worries for their safety each day, staying glued to his television and social media hoping his loved ones do not fall victim to the next chemical weapons attack.  

"We can not tolerate chemical weapons and gas used on civilians," he said.  

Dr. Nouh supports President Obama's push for a limited weapons strike, but worries what will happen after the strike.

"It takes infantry soliders like myself, doing horrible things in harm's way to make it happen," said Ret. Lt. Col. Russell.

Ret. Lt. Col. Russell emphasizes President Obama should not move forward with military intervention in Syria without support from US allies.

"If he has the evidence, go to the international community," he said.

Most of Oklahoma's delegation in Washington do not support US military action in Syria.

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