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Professor discusses potential impact Syria strike could have on Americans


Like it or not, political science experts believe the President will get the support he's asking for.

Saint Mary's Political Science Chair Marc Belanger says it's hard to tell what exactly a strike on Syria will entail.

"I think it's likely that the United States will not be able to settle for attacking a few chemical weapons targets. I think the resolution, and there will probably be voices in Congress saying, 'well, if it's going to be worthwhile at all, We have to try to do something to change the balance of power,'" says Belanger.

But what does it all mean for you and me, here in Michiana?

Belanger says he doesn't think we'll go in, do what we're going to do, and leave,but he also doesn't believe the impacts will compare to recent history.

"I don't think the American is going to see this raising the deficit. I don't think they'll see it lead to troops going over there, so compared to the consequences in going to Iraq, this is fairly minor," says Belanger.

Belanger says while it's all speculation at this point, he doubts there will be retaliation on U-S soil.

The following is a statement from Congresswoman Jackie Walorski:

"I remain skeptical about the president's call for future military action in Syria.
"President Obama has not laid out a specific plan to the American people or Congress as to how military action will fulfill a comprehensive strategy to protect our national interests and shield our allies.
"I urge Congress to reconvene immediately to address this serious issue, and I look forward to hearing the president's detailed plan." – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee

We also received a statement from Senator Joe Donnelly:

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I am following the situation very closely.  I support President Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval. Like all Hoosiers, I strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons and am carefully reviewing proposed options for ongoing humanitarian assistance and possible military action. I was in Washington on Sunday and today [Wednesday] for classified briefings and look forward to the debate.
-Sen. Joe Donnelly

If you'd like to learn more about where other lawmakers stand and how they plan to vote, click here.

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