U.S. military stands "ready to strike Syria" if President gives order
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the U.S. military forces stand ready to strike Syria at once, if the President gives the order.
Military action is planned in response to last week's chemical attack.
More than 100 people died after the Syrian government reportedly launched a chemical weapons attack against its "own" citizens.
The administration says there is no doubt Bashar Assad's regime is behind the attack.
Tuesday, the white house said any military action will be limited and won't be aimed at forcing Assad from power.
Despite President Obama's views on Syria, it appears most Americans don't agree with him.
A recent Reuters poll shows about 60 percent of Americans surveyed believe the U.S. should not intervene in Syria's civil war.
We wanted to know what you think, so WZZM 13 hit the streets of downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon.
We asked everyone this question: Should the U.S. take military action against Syria following last week's chemical weapons attack, an attack U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry called "undeniable."
If you're looking for mixed reaction, you won't find much in West Michigan.
"I don't think military action should be the United State's first response," said Brandon Erhart, who works downtown.
Matt Stolt agrees. "I think UN involvement would be great, but I don't think the US should spearhead anything by themselves. We just don't need that right now."
We looked to Facebook for feedback, and boy did you deliver. We received more than 350 comments in four hours, and the overwhelming opinion was a resounding No, no, and no.
Many echo the view of Russ Anthony, who posted, "Stay home, we need to take care of the problems right here at home and STOP throwing money at other countries."
Most Americans agree, according to a recent Reuters poll.
Reuters Syria Poll
It found 25 percent of Americans would support U.S. intervention if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemicals to attack civilians, while 46 percent would oppose it.
But among those in the minority are a few Facebook fans and two others on the street, who say the horrific pictures of the chemical attack changed any doubt in their minds.
"I think our country, just as every other country in the world should get involved in Syria to stop this man," said John Pietrzyk. "It's like a little guy needs a big brother, those little kids over there need protection."
"My father and brother are both in the Marines, they both went overseas. The always told me you fight for your country, you fight for your people but people are people," said Carlye Cole. "Maybe it would be better if we stuck to our own country, but a person's life is a person's life," she said.