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Pondering An Attack In Syria


in spite of his decision seeking a vote in Congress, President Obama still wants a military response to last month's reported chemical attacks in Syria.

But, in a contrast to U.S. feelings leading up to the war in Iraq, Americans appear divided as to how.-or if-the U.S. should respond. Typical is the reaction of this area resident.

"I guess the leaders of our country are going to talk about it and try to come up with a solution," says Roger Pickens, "and I just hope they do the right thing."

But there are others whose reaction is more definite.

" I think we should just stay out of there," says H.K. Smith.

A concern isn't how syria would respond to u.s. military action, but how the rest of the Middle East, notably it's oil-rich nations, might react. and Israel could also be in the picture.

"We have no business being over there, and intruding on their business," Smith says. "Whoever we take out of there, there's going to be another one in a few years, any way."

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued a statement Sunday announcing he will suspend his West Virginia events for Tuesday through Friday to return to Washington to attend briefings on the situation in Syria.

That was to include an appearance Tuesday in Vienna.

In a statement, Manchin said he'll attend briefings with the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees and others to ensure he has all the information available before the Senate begins debate.

And Ohio congressman Bill Johnson said he attended a congressional briefing on the matter Sunday, adding he left with more questions than answers.


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