Professor discusses potential impact Syria strike could have on - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Professor discusses potential impact Syria strike could have on Americans

Posted:

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcycle driver seriously injured in crash

    Motorcycle driver seriously injured in crash

    A motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital by Medflight after a crash Sunday afternoon.It happened on County Road 2, east of State Road 13 near Middlebury. Police say a car turned into the path of the motorcycle and crashed into him.The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. He was flown to the hospital with life-threatening head injuries. The car spun into a parked car after colliding with the motorcycle. That driver wasn't injured.More >>
    A motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital by Medflight after a crash Sunday afternoon.It happened on County Road 2, east of State Road 13 near Middlebury. Police say a car turned into the path of the motorcycle and crashed into him.The driver was thrown from the motorcycle. He was flown to the hospital with life-threatening head injuries. The car spun into a parked car after colliding with the motorcycle. That driver wasn't injured.More >>
  • Timeline of violence in South Bend

    Timeline of violence in South Bend

    Seven people have been killed in South Bend since the beginning of this year.  They aren't just another statistic, though.  They are people that have real families who are suffering.  The first victimMore >>
    Seven people have been killed in South Bend since the beginning of this year.  They aren't just another statistic, though.  They are people that have real families who are suffering.  The first victimMore >>
  • FOX28 News Alert

    UPDATE: Additional suspect in toddler shooting arrested, 1 still at large

    UPDATE: Additional suspect in toddler shooting arrested, 1 still at large

    County Metro Homicide tells FOX28 that one of the suspects wanted in connection with the death of John Swoveland, Jr., has been arrested. Police say 19-year-old Robert Griffin was taken into custody.More >>
    County Metro Homicide tells FOX28 that one of the suspects wanted in connection with the death of John Swoveland, Jr., has been arrested. Police say 19-year-old Robert Griffin was taken into custody at Hickory Villiage apartments in Mishawaka this afternoon.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.