Syria: New proposal sets deadline for Obama to take military action
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – From outside the White House to inside the Senate chambers, the voting public has turned to civil disobedience -- even going as far as to interrupt Secretary of State John Kerry as he testified before the Foreign Relations Committee.
"The authorization that President Obama seeks…is definitively in our national security interest," he stated.
Protestors like 50-year-old Tighe Barry were there to rally against military action.
"They gave me a warning," he said. "They said, 'If you don't move now, we will arrest you.' I moved to the back room."
Barry traveled all the way from Los Angeles, and told ABC 7 on Tuesday night that D.C. Police did not arrest him after asking him if he planned on any more disruptions and he responded no.
However, several fellow demonstrators were arrested, joining a loud chorus of protestors from 40 cities who took to the streets following Republican Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he and Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor now support the president.
"[The] use of weapons has to be responded to, and only the U.S. has the capability to stop Assad," Boehner declared.
But a new ABC News-Washington Post poll finds that nearly six in ten Americans oppose unilateral U.S. missile strikes against Syria.
"Once you drop bombs and missiles, that's an act of war," said Brian Becker with the Answer Coalition. "You can't say this is a limited war."
Despite the controversy, the Senate approved the Syrian resolution with two caveats: it cannot take longer than 90 days, and no U.S. boots on the ground.
Fearing another Iraq, protestors said Tuesday night that they’ll risk arrest for civil disobedience.
The Foreign Relations Committee could vote on the Syria resolution as early as Wednesday. If accepted by that panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule a full Senate vote for next week.