President Barack Obama said he plans to seek Congressional approval to make a calculated military strike in Syria. He said a military strike is the best course of action going forward, but dozens of protesters in the Albany area strongly disagree. YNN's Geoff Redick reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the world continues debating what to do in Syria, it appears President Obama has made up his mind.
"I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," said President Obama during a press conference on Saturday.
At his command, the U.S. military is already in position. The President says he will wait for Congressional approval.
However, he added, "I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action, without specific Congressional authorization."
Strong opposition remains across the country. On Saturday, an anti-war protest was held in Albany's Townsend Park.
"No U.S. military intervention in Syria, let the Syrian people decide their political fate," said Dan Wilcox, Veterans for Peace Local 10
A member of the local Veterans for Peace, Dan Wilcox said modern conflicts are even harder than the one he served in.
"The difference between now and the Vietnam War, some of these soldiers who go to Iraq and Afghanistan, end up serving 2 or 3 tours over there. Those fellas, and women, who went to Vietnam, served one year. And that was it, they didn't have to go back," said Wilcox.
Raul Lopez said he also served in the military, and he believes the U.S. should use military force, and do it swiftly.
He added, "I think that we have to be aggressive, when aggression is demonstrated. I think Assad doesn't deserve a second chance. I think Obama would do good, if he acts appropriately."
Regardless of U.S. action, the United Nations says it will continue testing on the suspected evidence of Syrian chemical weapon use. The U.N. Security Council will then make a decision about how to proceed.
As the United Nations prepares to complete its testing, Syrians in America tell YNN they care very little about Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian regime, or foreign diplomacy. They said they just want to see Syria return to the country they know and love.
"We do not want reach the point that we have another Iraq or Afghanistan, in Syria. We used to be a neutral country, a peaceful country, we enjoyed life in Syria," said Hasan Ziud, Syrian-American Civilian. "We do not want reach a point that we'll say 'goodbye' for the old Syria, and 'welcome' to the new Iraq in Syria.