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Several people expressed similar wariness over military action of any kind — and no one supported action involving troops.
“I think we spend too much time in other countries when we have so many big issues here,” said Richmond Clark of Mankato, seeing the fair with his two sons.
“We don’t need to get involved in the Middle East … who do we attack? There’s evidence that there were chemical weapons, but whose were they? Assad’s or the rebels’?” said Bob Gibson of Columbia Heights.
“We should try to negotiate it, talk it through, see if there’s an alternative to military action,” said Eli Hallman, a student at Alden-Conger High School in Alden, Minn.
Nathan Grossman of Lakeville said something should be done, perhaps along the lines of a missile strike, to stop Syria from “let[ting] their people run wild and kill their own countrymen.”
He added that it was smart for Obama to consult Congress, a view that many expressed.
“That is a good idea, to get everybody’s opinion on it and get all the right information,” Grossman said.
“One man should not have the power to do it,” said David Kent, a Pentecostal pastor in Golden Valley. “The situation in Syria is difficult, and I think it does need to go before Congress.”
“I think that the more people involved [in the decision], the better,” said Andrea Volbrecht of Woodbury. “We’re so divided on everything, it will help.”
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