Protesting military action against Syria

10:18 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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President Obama walks from the podium after speaking Wednesday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. (Photo: By Carolyn Kaster, AP)

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Protesters here on American soil are calling on President Obama to stay off of foreign soil.

Men and women demonstrated in front of the White House. They say the President's push for military action in Syria is based on a lie.

Brian Becker with the Answer Coalition says, "The Obama regime can't be judge, jury and executioner, the UN inspectors haven't even left Syria and don't have a report and yet the administration is saying yes, we have to bomb Syria."

Dustin Foley brought his 8 year old daughter Eden to the protest -- both say violence is not the solution. Dustin says, "Why are we always rushing in, we have so many avenues."

His daughter Eden says, "They shouldn't kill, we shouldn't kill, we should all just get along."

But the President is pushing for military action. The administration is saying that it has concluded Syria's government carried out deadly chemical attacks on its own people.

POTUS told PBS Newshour, "We do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable."

At least one lawmaker, Representative Eliot Engel, has expressed support saying the US, "We stand for human rights. We stand for not allowing innocent civilians including children to be gassed."

But other lawmakers feel the President hasn't made the case for action and should get congressional approval before moving forward.

A poll by Reuters asked Americans if the US should intervene if Syria used chemical weapons.

Nearly 42 percent said no and 28 percent said yes. 

And another question tonight is, will the US go into this alone? British lawmakers voted against military action as the US continues weighing that possibility.

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