The Syria Debate: Should the U.S. Take Military Action or Not?

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, September 9 2013 at 6:31 PM, Updated: Mon, September 9 2013 at 11:06 PM

Oregon's representatives in Washington DC are undecided on what should be done in Syria.

On Monday congress reconvened and at the top of the agenda: Should America authorize military strikes in Syria?

Ralph Hale is a veteran who's all too familiar with what happens when the military gets involved in other countries.

"I served in the Korean war, I saw what happened there, I made it through the Vietnam war without going and I saw what it did there," said Hale.

According to a recent pew research poll, like most Americans, he's against getting involved authorizing military action in Syria.

The Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad is accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.

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"We should stay out of it," said Charity Whitmer, who is a Medford resident.

"Their civil war, It's not got anything to do with us," said Ashland resident Bill Dodge.

"I think it's a very sad situation but I don't think we need to be in another country and I don't think we need to take more military action," added Jeane Lind who lives in Ashland.

"We have genocide going on in Africa every single day and we ignore it, but because these people have oil we find the need to intervene," said Luke Christianson.

But not everyone feels the same way feels the same way.

"[We] can't necessarily stay out of it, I mean, what's going on there is not particularly right," said Jason Mitchel who lives in Medford.

"Someone's gotta take action. I'm not sure where that action is going to come from but [it] needs to be dealt with," he continued.

Others are hopeful a Russian plan to secure Syria's chemical weapons will work.

Meanwhile as congress reconvenes this is what our state leaders in Washington D.C. had to say:

A spokesperson from Senator Jeff Merkley's office said he's "Undecided with strong reservations."

After a briefing last week, Senator Ron Wyden said he thinks it's clear Assad used chemical weapons, but is unsure of the effects of a military strike.

Congressman Peter Defazio said he's still not convinced a missile strike in Syria is the way to go.

On Monday, Congressman Greg Walden attended a classified briefing on Syria. Shortly after, he released a statement saying he was not persuaded that the U.S. should use military force in Syria.

"Absent a direct threat to the u.s. or our allies and a clear goal and a definition of victory, i must oppose using military force in Syria," said the Congressman.

He said the U.S. should work with the international community to pressure the Assad regime through sanctions and other diplomatic means.

Stay with NBC 5 News as wel continue to monitor the developing situation in Syria and what Oregon's lawmakers decide to do about it.

For U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's complete response to the situation in Syria after he attended the classified briefing on Monday, click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNrANpgG3JA&feature=youtu.be

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Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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