As the president spoke to the nation about Syria, Mo Idlibby was hoping to hear one thing. He wanted President Barack Obama to push forward with plans to take military action again Bashar Al-Assad.
He said the president's decision is not what he and his family wanted to hear.
"What is the message we are sending to the world when we say we are going to give diplomacy another chance when he's repeatedly said diplomacy doesn't work with a brutal monster?" said Idlibby.
"We are giving Assad another chance -- someone who killed hundreds of children," said Osama Idlibi, his brother.
Idilbby's parents and brother were born in Syria.
His mother's mother is still there and so are uncles.
"It is really heartbreaking. I am wondering how much longer they need to suffer," said Mayada Idlibi, Mo Idlibby's mother.
They said this is not just about chemical weapons, that the Assad regime killed some of their family members even before the chemical attack, and that an unstable Syria is a threat to the U.S. and the world.
"So what if he gives up the chemical weapons? What is he going to resort to next?" said Idlibby.
The family did said it thinks Obama explained clearly why he thinks military action is needed, and why what happens in Syria impacts the United States.
They hope the country better understands what is happening there.