JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As the showdown with Syria intensifies, a local expert explained exactly what we can expect if the U.S. takes military action.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that international credibility is on the line with how the world responds to Syrian President Bashar Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons.
Nancy Soderberg is a former UN Ambassador, served on the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration and now serves as a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of North Florida.
"Are we going to stand by while a ruthless dictator gassed his people?" asked Soderberg.
Soderberg supports a limited air strike against Syria and said it is necessary to deter the Assad regime from future use of chemical warfare, but ultimately diplomacy will resolve the complicated foreign conflict.
"I would have argued and have been arguing that they should have done something a lot sooner to make it clear," said Soderberg.
Obama scratched a recent trip to Moscow due to Russia's support of the Assad regime.
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown told Action News that Russia's refusal to support a strike is troubling.
"And they have not been helpful at all," said Brown. "So I say, 'Bring it on.' We need to talk about it because it wouldn't have even gotten to this point if we had our other partners, stakeholders involved in this issue."
While we wait for our elected leaders to vote, Soderberg predicts the president will act even if his plan doesn't garner Congress' approval.
"The president has the authority to conduct a limited military strike short of declaring war but I don't think we'll be in that situation," she said.
Action News also heard from U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, who said he doesn't understand what the reasoning is behind a potential strike.
"We're attacking a sovereign nation that has not attacked us," said Yoho. "This is something that's in their back yard, and they need to have a stronger voice in this."