Owens Faces Dilemma Over Syria


President Obama is having trouble lining up international support for a military strike even after evidence that the Syrian government killed over a thousand people with chemical weapons.

"These kinds of actions are always unpopular," said the president.

But it's not just world leaders.

Visit any street corner and you'll likely hear a lot of the same sentiment."

"I don't think we should do it, just yet, anyway," said Scott Smith of Fishers Landing.

"I just think we're all sick of war here," said Steve Duffany of Watertown. 

Most calls to north country Congressman Bill Owens go the same way as Congress considers authorizing a strike.  

"People seem to be predisposed against, but at the same time they recognize they may not have all the information," said Owens (D. - 21st District).

Owens says he is firmly against boots on the ground in Syria, but undecided on a missile strike. 

So what if his constituents are firmly against any military action, but he becomes convinced that it's needed?

"I'd have to be convinced to go against my constituency that there was simply information that I had that I could not share because of its classified nature.  That would be very troubling to me at every possible level," said Owens.

Owens says there are risks to the U.S. and its allies, either way.

His job, he says, is simply to learn more.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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