North Country Residents Weigh In On U.S. Action In Iraq, Syria


The United States faces a dilemma. It's been executing air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq for weeks. Should it do the same in Syria?

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," President Barack Obama said Thursday. "We don't have a strategy yet."

As the U.S. considers further involvement in an international conflict, the public is weighing in.

A USA Today-Pew Research poll says 67 percent of Americans consider the Islamic State to be a major threat to America's well-being.

That poll concludes that 31 percent of Americans believe the U.S. does too little to solve the world's problems. That's up from 17 percent just a year ago.

"I don't think it's a bad idea," Dexter resident Michael Defranco said, "but I don't think we should just go in once and then stop. We need to tell them what we want. We need to make a plan. We need to stick by it."

Most we spoke to Thursday night said it's none of our business.

Sandra Arata of Calcium, for example, said the U.S. has no responsibility in the conflict.

Congressman Bill Owens is strictly against any boots on the ground. But if it happens, he said, Fort Drum soldiers could be back in action.

"I think the 10th Mountain, which has served incredibly well over the last 14 years, is still in fighting mode and could immediately jump back in," Owens said.

There's no indication that the votes exist in Congress to put boots on the ground.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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