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September 8, 2013

Strike Syria or stay out? Local reactions mixed

U.S. Reps. Williams, Granger say they oppose U.S. military action

By BRIAN SMITH

While President Obama appears to have a tough week ahead trying to convince Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, Parker County residents are split on the issue.

Dennie Clifton, of Reno, comes from a military family with her grandson Tyler, serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. She doesn’t like the idea of going into Syria.

“I realize the military is there to protect but I really don’t like the idea of always playing policeman to the world,” Clifton said. “Let them solve their own problems.”

Joe Stemminger, of Springtown, had the opposite mind set, saying the U.S. needs to take some sort of action.

“We’re thought of as the defenders of the world, and, like it or not, we are,” Stemminger said. “I’d rather nip this in the bud than see it get worse. A stand needs to be made.”

Stemminger’s “partner in crime” Dale Rodgers felt differently, saying officials need to mind their own business.

“If it had been an attack on us, then yes, we need to do it, but to go over there and throw our boys into the line of fire again, I say, ‘No way,’” Rodgers said. “For once, we need to stay out of something over there.”

Mike Bologna, a Gulf War veteran from Azle, said he would support U.S. military action against the Syrian government.

“Defending the Middle East is something that does have America and the world’s interests at heart,” Bologna said. “I just don’t like the idea of others dictating my interests.”

Two area congressional representatives, Republicans Roger Williams (TX-25) and Kay Granger (TX-12), which includes Parker County, say at this time they are not in support of U.S. involvement in Syria, despite reports of the atrocities committed by the government against its people.

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