Local reaction to President Obama’s speech

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FOREST CITY, Iowa – You saw it right here on KIMT. Last night president Obama addressed the nation to discuss the situation in Syria and what the American response should be.

That speech has generated worldwide reaction.

“I determined that it is in the national security interest of the United States to respond to the Assad Regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.”

On Tuesday night, the president spoke to the nation regarding the conflict in Syria and the possibility of US military intervention.

A day later, that speech is being shown in a class at Waldorf College in Forest City.

Dr. James Scarry teaches a terrorism and U.S. foreign policy course.

He believes the President was convincing in getting the message across that the use of chemical weapons needs to be stopped.

But Scarry says other parts were lacking.

“He hasn’t sealed the deal in terms of, here’s the incontrovertible evidence that he talks about. He says it’s incontrovertible, show us!” explains Scarry.

Dr. Scarry didn’t insert his options on the speech in class; instead he let his students form their own.

“If they’re not going to give up their weapons if they’re not going to obey by what we’re asking them, you got to do something,” says junior, Bo Bettinson.

“If that was the case then what’s to stop another tyrant from doing the same kind of chemical warfare on innocent people,” adds senior, Oscar Robles.

Both Bo and Oscar support the president’s decision to take military action in Syria but say gaining support from other nations is key.

“We have to keep the whole world involved and we have to be aware. We don’t want to make a sudden move and have someone from the east or far east like China or Russia not agree with that and something catastrophic happens from this,” Robles adds.

In his speech the president asked congress to postpone a vote to authorize force.

In the mean time, Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Russia to meet with his Russian counterpart on Thursday to pursue a diplomatic path toward ending Syria’s chemical weapons program.

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