Earlier this evening, the British House of Commons voted against taking military action against the country.
Following that vote, a report from the White House that says President Obama is willing to go it alone in an attack on Syria if he has to.
And with all this unfolding so quickly, two members of South Dakota's congressional delegation are urging the president to move forward with an extreme sense of caution.
The United States has been in a state of nearly constant war in the middle east for nearly 12 years. Iraq and Afghanistan remain works in progress. Now, the possibility of military action against Syria.
"We need to define what the objectives are and what the end game is. Americans and South Dakotans are weary of war." South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem tells us while she has heard the Obama Administration may launch an attack, she has not heard anything from the administration involving specifics. "We want to make sure that if action is taken against Syria that we know what the plan is all the way through."
"This deal in Syria has gotten really out of hand." South Dakota Senator John Thune tells me, it is clear something has to be done. "The use of chemical weapons is something that really elevates this."
This video reportedly shows Syrian civilians suffering and dying after chemical weapons were used on them. United Nations weapons inspectors are still investigating the claim. But Thune says if it turns out the Syrian government did use chemical weapons on its own people, it needs to be addressed by the U-S. "Using chemical weapons if it's unresponded to...could lead to that use against our allies or perhaps against us at some point."
Thune says he believes the president needs to convene Congress and flesh out the details of any attack on Syria. Thune believes that if the U-S attacks, it could further disrupt the already uneasy Middle East. "I don't think this is an action that occurs in a vacuum. I think this is an action that will have ripple effects, domino effects in the region."
A spokesman for Senator Tim Johnson tells us tonight, "Senator Johnson deplores the killing of innocent civilians, especially women and children with chemical weapons. President Obama is continuing to consult with congressional leaders and our European and middle east allies to look at options for an appropriate response."
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