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Nashville protesters rally against possible Syria action

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On Saturday, nationwide rallies showed discontent over the possible U.S. attack on Syria.

Most of the rallies, like the one in Nashville, occurred as President Obama announced he will seek congressional approval for any strike on the Middle Eastern nation.

About two dozen protesters marched through streets in downtown Nashville with signs that read "Don't attack Syria" and "No war," among others.

"In reality, if we are dropping bombs on people because we think they have chemical weapons, what is that going to bring back on us? Isn't that going to make them wasn't to direct those weapons upon us?" said protester Courtney, who did not want her last name used.

"I don't know how long this script is going to go on. A Middle Eastern country with weapons of mass destruction; we are going to invade them again? Worked for Iraq, I don't think its going to work for Iran or Syria," added protester Matt Gulliver.

President Obama said although he has the authority to act on his own, he believes it is important for the country to have a debate.

Following the President's announcement Saturday, Tennessee lawmakers released numerous statements on the issue.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper said, "President Obama has set a strong precedent to force future presidents to seek congressional approval before military action. On questions of war, lawmakers shouldn't speak out until they know all the facts. I will go to Washington tomorrow for the classified briefing, but I won't start making a decision until I see the president's specific proposal." 

U.S. Senator Bob Corker said, "I am very pleased that the president has listened to the suggestion we and many others have made to bring this authorization to Congress. At this point in our country's history, this is absolutely the right decision, and I look forward to seeing what the Administration brings forward and to a vigorous debate on this important authorization.

He continued, "Further, now that the president has decided to use force and seek authorization, it is imperative that he immediately begins using every ounce of his energy to make his case to the American people."

Congressman Diane Black added, "There are serious concerns and questions that must be addressed, and I look forward to reviewing and debating this issue as it comes before the house."

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