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Will U.S. take military action against Syrian targets?

President Obama 8-31-13
President Obama 8-31-13
Washington Post

What should the U.S. response be to more than 1,400 Syrians being killed in an attack last week by Syria? President Barack Obama said Saturday he has decided the United States should take limited military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people. But he will let Congress decide to authorize a strike when it returns in September.

Don’t look for a decision anytime soon because Congressional lawmakers are not scheduled to return to Washington until Sept. 9. What many thought would be an imminent strike, is not going to happen soon even as Navy ships steam to the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

In remarks from the White House Rose Garden yesterday, the president said the United States "should take military action against Syrian targets, but our country will be better off” if Congress renders its own opinion.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition was hoping for a strong response from the U.S. The group is disappointed by President Barack Obama's decision to seek Congress' permission, which will result in further delay in action. "We can't understand how you can promise to help those who are being slaughtered every day in the hundreds, giving them false hope, then change your mind and say let's wait and see," Samir Nashar said.

What’s going on here in the U.S.? Even though Congress won’t be back until September 9, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it will hold a hearing on Syria this Tuesday. And It looks like authorities are preparing for a possible retaliation on U.S. soil if we launch an attack in Syria.

Authorities are definitely tightening up domestic security measures here. According to CNN, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are warning of a higher risk of cyber attacks after months of similar disruptions by hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army.

The world is getting smaller and a scarier place all the time, and we in the U.S. are becoming more vulnerable to attack. What would happen if we lost access to technology like cell phones and the internet that we depend on so much everyday? How much would it effect our lives to be attacked in this way?