Veterans in Tulsa react to latest US strike in Syria

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 19:56:18-04

Veterans in Tulsa talked with 2 Works For You about President Trump’s response to the gas attack on innocent civilians in Syria.

Robert Spires spends his mornings hanging out with his fellow servicemen at the Coffee Bunker in Tulsa.

Friday’s topic-- air strikes on a Syrian airbase where officials believe chemical weapons being used on civilians are stored.

“I think this is a show of power,” Spires said. “I mean Trump listened to his Army people or military people and did what they had to do," Spires said.

Spires served with the Army during the Korean War. He said this latest U.S. action is not about going to war.

“…It shows a little force. 'Here's what we can do.' And it's

time for America to show people, 'Let's straighten up,’” said Spires.

Clarence Williams, a volunteer at the Coffee Bunker, served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He said he agrees with President Trump's reasoning for striking the Syrian airbase.

"It's just unfortunate. Those kids... I'm glad we're doing something. It's good. It gives them a message," said Spires.

Williams thinks it will take more than missile strikes to stop the conflict.

“If you want to get the job done, go with the full force, get it knocked out," said Williams.

“…kind of wakes you up a little bit. I think it's effective. People will say, 'Hey well wait a minute, before we start doing this we better think about this,'" said Spires.

2 News Works For You spoke with the Oklahoma National Guard Friday.

A spokeswoman says between the Air Force and Army, about 400 members from Oklahoma are still deployed overseas.

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