President Barack Obama's address on a need to bring Syria to justice didn't shock a Grand Valley State Political Science Professor.
Dr. Erika King spoke with WOOD Radio after Tuesday evening's address, saying he made a "more general case for U.S. activism in the world, more intervention. He'll try diplomacy but if that fails, do we not have a moral obligation to act?" She was pleased by the structure of the address and that near the end the President "made an appeal to our values, to our ideals. What makes America exceptional, we can't be the policeman of the world for everything but there are certain events that rise to that occasion." That joined with the appeal to our national security interest.
Dr. King added it was important to review his concerns prior to announcing Secretary of State Kerry's meeting with Russian leaders and the other international courses of action. "(Assad's) a horrible tyrant with a whole history of dreadful acts. This is what we need to do and why, we cannot let this infamy stand."
Congressman Bill Huizenga joins West Michigan's Morning News on WOOD Radio Wednesday to add to the conversation on this issue.