A new poll shows Americans oppose military action against Syria

3:59 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll - just out this morning - is clear. A majority of Americans oppose military action in Syria.

President Obama tells NBC he hasn't decided whether to strike. If Congress says no - most Americans oppose that, too.

Tonight he'll tell the nation that President Bashar Al-Assad's tough talk Is just that. "Syria doesn't have significant capabilities to retaliate against us. Iran does. But Iran - is not going to risk a war with the United States over this," said President Barack Obama

The Senate has postponed its vote now that Syria is now agreeing with its ally Russia to hand over chemical weapons. Lawmakers are skeptical: "We can't really count on it till we hear more about the proposal and how Syria is going to respond to it," said Rep. Adam Smith/ (D) Washington

"There is no reason to have a vote until that is fully explored," said Rep. Darrell Issa, (R) California.

"There's only one way to find out - test them," said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.

"Sometimes you have to shake hands with the devil," said Rep. Peter King, (R) New York.

The sudden change, some say, was a result of the threat of U.S. action: "I do not think that proposal would have been put forth if the president had not made his proposal strongly," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D) Maryland.

Syria is still in flux. Just like decisions in Washington.


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