El Pasoans remain skeptical after Obama speech on Syria
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 10:59 PM MDT
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- President Barack Obama delivered a 16-minute address to the nation to pitch his case for military intervention in Syria, but some are saying it didn't clear things up.
KFOX14 watched the speech with a group of students at University of Texas at El Paso.
"I always enjoy Obama's speeches, but I'm not sure it clears at muddy waters," said Carlos Maruffo. "The speech didn't really shed light on a whole lot of facts or questions that I have."
Some students don't believe the president's promise to not put American boots on the ground in Syria.
"We have 300 marines stationed at the south border, and five destroyers," Horacio Huerta said. "Before the red line speech, we already had CIA agents there, supplying them with not just money, but weapons, training them, more boots on the ground I don't think is a good idea."
El Paso U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke chimed in as well, tweeting, "Appreciate hearing from POTUS, but still too many unanswered questions. Let's put our muscle and mind into making Russian proposal work."
UTEP students worry how a strike against Syria could implement other countries.
"Russia has a big Naval base there, with a U.S. strike in Syria, is Russia going to think that were violating the sovereignty of the Syrian people through the protection of Russia?" Huerta said. "He pretty much doesn't want to be another Bush. Bush just busted in there, he used his war powers in the Constitution, did not report to Congress, he doesn't want to do that, he wants to put it to the American people first."
"More military presence, that's all I can really predict, and I hope for peace, but who's to know," Maruffo said.