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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As President Obama prepares to address the nation about military strikes in Syria, some people in the Chattahoochee Valley are questioning why America should get involved.

Tom Dolan, PhD., Professor of Political Science at Columbus State University, says there is a humanitarian standpoint.  "The idea is that a nation's leader, or a nation's military, [using] something as horrific as chemical weapons against their own people is something that the world should not stand for."

Some of the latest polls show that more than half of the nation says they do not support U.S. military involvement in Syria. Others have expressed fear of chemical retaliation from Syria. The President says not taking action is a bigger risk.

"If, in fact, the choice is between a world in which dictators and other countries start to believe that it's acceptable to use chemical weapons on civilians and children, that will make it more dangerous for us," President Obama proclaims.

Dolan says the president has his work cut out for him.

"I think in order to convince Congress, and to some extent the American People, that military action might be required, the President is going to have to present more evidence," claims Dolan.

Some of the evidence the President has presented has been inconclusive, according to Dolan.

"The biggest problem the President has is that there's been so much of a delay and when you give up the element of surprise. That has an impact on your military capability, and even his credibility," Dolan says.

As for what he believes the President will say during the big speech, Dolan says, "President Obama, I suspect, will make an argument tonight that we have to keep a military argument on the table because that's the only thing that pressured Syria into going along with this Russian proposal if they do that," proclaims Dolan.

The Russian proposal asks that Syria hand over its chemical weapons which will be destroyed. In return, the U.S. will not launch military air strikes.

The Syrian government accepted the proposal from Russia, the country's most powerful ally. President Obama says the plan could work if it's real.

"It is a potentially positive development. I have to say that it's unlikely that we would have arrived at that point where there were even public statements like that without a credible military threat to deal with the chemical weapons use inside of Syria," President Obama says.

Dolan claims there's a lack of proof that the Syrian government is allowing the military to use chemicals.

"The Russians have their own set of evidence. I read a report today that says some of the transmissions that they've intercepted indicate that President Assad of Syria did not want to allow the use of chemical weapons which means that perhaps some people in his military are using them without his permission. So, there are a lot of conflicts there," Dolan reports.

Reports are showing America's main allies Britain, France, and Germany is supporting the Russian proposal.

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