University of Kentucky Professor Dr. Paul Chamberlin spent a semester in 2007 studying abroad in Syria.
Chamberlin says even back then Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had a tight grip on his country.
Lately Assad is generally being viewed as an evil dictator these days, but Chamberlin says there's a reason why he's still in power.
"Many people are afraid that the opposition or the rebels would actually be worse," Dr. Chamberlin said.
Chamberlin feels the Obama administration was backed into a corner to act against Assad after his alleged chemical attack on his own people.
He says the US Government is trying to find a way to punish Assad, while still keeping him in power.
The Obama administration has said it wants to conduct surgical air strikes on Assad's chemical weapon's capabilities to prevent further chemical agent attacks.
Chamberlin says even that strategy is being debated by the Joint Chief's of Staff, who question the effectiveness of air strikes.
Assad insists his government had nothing to do with the chemical attacks on the Syrian people, but did say any attack by the US could be met with retaliation by multiple groups throughout the region.