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Utah AFL-CIO President: Syria Strike Would Hurt Families

PHOTO: Utah AFL-CIO President Dale Cox says a U.S. military strike on Syria could hurt working families. Image courtesy U.S. Government.
PHOTO: Utah AFL-CIO President Dale Cox says a U.S. military strike on Syria could hurt working families. Image courtesy U.S. Government.
September 10, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY - Working-class American families, in Utah and elsewhere, would end up feeling the effects of a U.S. military strike on Syria, according to Dale Cox, president of the Utah AFL-CIO. He shared his views as President Obama pushed for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people. But Cox warned that military action against Syria could draw the U.S. into another long and costly war, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said family members called up for military action would likely lose time at home and at work, and he believes it is average Americans who would have to do the "heavy lifting" if war breaks out.

Cox said that is "because it has an effect more so on working-class families than anyone else, and when our young men and women go off to war, it's quite a sacrifice."

Recent national polls show the majority of Americans oppose U.S. military action against Syria.

Cox said that while he does not want to see American military action against Syria, he hopes there is what he calls "rock solid intelligence" about chemical weapons use if the U.S. does act. He said his own children could be involved if America goes to war again.

"I have young sons that could be involved, so, you know, I'm naturally, like I say, I just hope the intelligence is good and it's worth whatever effort we put into it."

President Obama is scheduled to address the nation today about Syria and the possibility of a military response. The President has said the world needs to know that the U.S. won't tolerate the use of chemical weapons, and that the Syrian government needs to be punished for doing so.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT