ELK GROVE, CA - A Syrian man in Elk Grove said he hopes the United States takes swift and strong action in response to the increasing violence in Syria.
President Barack Obama announced on Friday he's considering limited military action in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.
"It's a good step in the right direction," Syrian American Alliance board member Dr. Mahmoud Khattab said. "But it's definitely late and not enough."
The death toll from the Syrian civil war now stands at 100,000.
Half a world away in Elk Grove, Khattab watches and worries.
"I have this fear every minute to be honest with you," Khattab explained.
Seven of his cousins were killed when the unrest began two years ago. Just last week, Khattab received more tragic news. Another cousin was killed in Damascus.
"He was in his house actually and they bombed his house and he got killed," Khattab said.
Khattab thinks Obama should do more.
"The big questions I have for the President and the administration is, 'why is your goal not to topple the regime?'" asked Khattab.
Khattab said he thinks President Obama needs to send a clearer message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"[I'm] not asking for boots on the ground," Khattab said. "I'm asking for military attacks, air strikes with rockets against the main centers of regime."
Khattab thinks more action will change the balance on the ground in Syria. From there and with some support, he believes the Free Syrian Army is capable of toppling Assad's regime.