Conflict & Justice

Iraq War Veteran on Syria: 'We Stumbled Into a Solution'

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the East Room at the White House in Washington, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/POOL (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTX13GSG

President Obama said it plainly Tuesday night:

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"I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo."

Marc Fisher was listening to those words very closely. Fisher is an Iraq war veteran; he also served in Kosovo.

Fisher spoke on the program earlier this September about his opinions on Obama seeking congressional approval for a military strike in Syria.

We checked in with him again about his thoughts after hearing the president's speech last night.

"The big thing that struck me about the speech is that we stumbled into a solution, whether that was on purpose or a stumble, I think we're in a better position now than the last time we spoke," said Fisher.

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    A Free Syrian Army fighter watches U.S. President Barack Obama's speech with his family in Ghouta, Damascus August 31, 2013. Obama on Saturday backed away from an imminent military strike against Syria to seek the approval of the U.S. Congress, in a decision that likely delays U.S. action for at least 10 days. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX132XL

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