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Local experts react to President's speech on Syria


President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday, regarding the situation in Syria.

The President started off by saying he's resisted military action in Syria for quite some time, but after the actions on August 21st, he doesn't think American can sit back and do nothing.

Obama told America there is proof that Syria's leader, Bashar Al Assad, used chemical weapons in the attack that killed more than a thousand people.

The President said he knows military action isn't popular, but he feels a targeted attack is warranted, "A targeted strike can make Assad, or any other dictator, think twice before using chemical weapons."

However, the President has asked Congress to postpone votes on Syria action to pursue a diplomatic solution.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put an option on the table for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons arsenal.

Obama says he first wants to look into this option before ordering a military strike, "I've spoken to the leaders of two of our closest allies, France and the United Kingdom, and we will work together in consultation with Russia and China, to put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and ultimately destroy them under international control."

Earlier Tuesday, Notre Dame hosted a panel discussion on the issue.

Experts in Political Science and International relations predicted the President might put his push for a military strike on hold for the moment.

"I think he's dying for this deal to work out and to get him off the hook for using military force," says Notre Dame Professor of Political Science, Michael Desch.

Professor of International Law and Peace Studies at Notre Dame, Mary Ellen O'Connell says, "Now is a moment for diplomacy and I very much hope our President, who can be very diplomatic, will get behind that effort."

Even though the President has said he's going to look closer at this diplomatic solution, he has ordered our military to maintain its current posture to keep pressure on Assad.

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