The streets of South Dakota and Syria are far apart, but opinions about what's next in the Middle East are bountiful in Sioux Falls. For David Pollard, avoiding a military conflict in Syria is a must.
"I tell you what, I'm a Vietnam combat veteran. I know what that's all about and I know what it will bring and I think there could be a total breakout in the Middle East. We'll be forced to put boots on the ground and we'll lose a lot more men than we've lost in Afghanistan and Iraq combined," Pollard said.
Pollard says he is in favor of a plan presented by Russia that would remove chemical weapons from Syria.
"The Russians were caught in the middle of this. They've been a friend of Syria's for a long time and they didn't want to get in the middle and into a position where they were defending a government that obviously committed crimes against humanity," Bob Hilderbrand said.
Hilderbrand says any plan that avoids a military conflict is good for the international community.
"Not very long ago it would have been very easy for a President to sell the idea of air strikes. So this is a good thing not only for the Russians, but also for President Obama who desperately needed a way out of this," Hilderbrand said.
And for Pollard, he's in support of reasonable plans to ease the international stare down.
"I don't think we should send any troops over there at all. I don't think we should do any bombing over there at all because all that's going to do is make things worse," Pollard said.