Nightly News | September 06, 2013
>> so here's where we are. the president has asked congress for a vote. each member of congress deciding if they support this military strike . but what about the american people ? what would they say to the president or their representatives? do they support this strike? today our cameras were out gathering opinions. nbc's kevin tibbles reports tonight from st. louis . kevin , good evening.
>> reporter: brian, people here in st. louis and across america have opinions about what their country should do. they are mixed and heart felt. the start of a new day in middle america , st. louis , gateway to the west . and the short-order staff at chill willie and mac is frying up a frenzy. over eggs and burgers, customers talk politics and syria and the threat of a u.s. attack.
>> something should be done, but as far as --
>> should the united states be the one to do it?
>> we're always helping everybody else .
>> i think they should send the message what they're doing is wrong to their people. that's what i think.
>> reporter: you don't want to go.
>> reporter: not even a military strike .
>> no. i don't see the end game here.
>> reporter: and some in missouri say show me. the president seems to think that mr. assad used chemical weapons .
>> he does think that. i've heard him say that. but i don't see any proof.
>> everything is looking like ten years ago when we went to iraq.
>> reporter: at one table, a mother worries about his son in the army.
>> my son is in arm yir boot camp . for him going over there i'm a little concerned.
>> reporter: for others, some are cynical will.
>> it doesn't matter, they're going to do what they want to do.
>> reporter: across america from the vietnam war memorial in the capital --
>> in theory, i think we should do something, we should punish him, but in real life , it's a no-win situation.
>> reporter: -- to san francisco 's golden gate bridge park.
>> i mean, if you see someone being beaten on the street, are you going to hold a conclave to decide who should go and help that person?
>> when we have big disasters, no one kocomes to our aid. we're always going to someone else 's aid.
>> reporter: ordinary americans discussing what their country should do. back at chili mac's for owner chris snyderman, the question is not what to do but how could this ever have happened?
>> come on, it's chemical weapons .
>> yes, it's chemical weapons . why does he want to do that? can you please tell me that?
>> reporter: these conversations aren't just taking place in diners or across dinner tables. twitter says americans are tweeting some 100 times a minute about the crisis in syria. brian?
>> kevin tibbles in st. louis for us. kevin , thank you. by the wait, you can see more opinions and send your own at a special section of our web site called " taking sides ".