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Northern Nevadans React to President Obama's Syria Plan

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Northern Nevadans, like the rest of the country, were anxious to hear what the President's plan for Syria would involve.

Fred Lokken is a political science professor at TMCC who keeps a close eye on international politics. He says there must have been some incredible scurrying behind the scenes to re-write the president's speech hours before he delivered it.

"The unexpected diplomatic option softened the speech and pulled us back from the brink," Lokken said. "And I believe a lot of Americans, which a majority believes we should have no part of military action in Syria, it was a relief."

Lokken says that the situation in Syria is a lose-lose situation for America. There is no clear right faction to back. And Russia offering a diplomatic solution getting Syria to admit it has chemical weapons and to consider giving them up is a win-win situation for them.

Others we talked to today agreed.

"I mean the Syrians are killing Syrians. Now we want to get involved and kill Syrians too? That's just not a policy I can agree with," said Richard Menendez, a student at TMCC.

Vietnam war veteran Franck Greenwood agreed with the decision to wait awhile.

"If Syria gives up all their chemical weapons to the international community I think that's the right thing to do and that's what we should do. But if they don't cooperate, we have to do what we do, kick ass and take names."

Lokken says he expects to see Congress refocus on domestic issues like immigration, healthcare and the looming debt ceiling this fall.

Written by Erin Breen

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