Don't get involved in Syria

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U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., states that if the United States takes no military action regarding Syria, the consequences will be “catastrophic,” and will “undermine” America’s stature in foreign affairs.

Unfortunately, under the current president’s leadership, I believe our country reached this point years ago. Now Congress must decide whether to support the president in his efforts to punish Syria’s Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons against its own civilians, and to thwart future Syrian crimes against humanity.

Though obscene and tragic, this does not equate to a tangible threat to the national security of the United States. Intervention in Syria also would be a violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The United States has no friends on either side of this Syrian civil war. It is a lose-lose situation for our country because we would be fighting against Iran’s proxy while enabling rebels affiliated with al-Qaida.

Sadly, Congress may indeed back the president’s position on Syria. Our soldiers have spent the past decade fighting al-Qaida at a high cost. Now the president may authorize actions that will support al-Qaida’s efforts in the Middle East.

We need to stand down and not intervene. That would be the best action to take regarding our national security interests.

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/04/13 - 05:11 am
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Well Said!

I also feel sympathy for the Syrian populace, but have to agree with Mr. Huffman. Our government cannot continue its role as the world police. Matters will probably worsen before eventually stabilizing, but this is not our problem. This is the time to begin chopping away at our military budget and guiding our country toward financial solvency. Syria will simply have to take care of its own mess.

truth_be_told
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truth_be_told 09/04/13 - 05:32 am
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3000 years

Can we fix it???? HECK NO!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/04/13 - 05:43 am
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I tell you what

Getting involved in Syria makes about as much sense as a "football bat".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 06:32 am
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Obama's War. He has to have one to be Presidential.
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Obama's War. He has to have one to be Presidential.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 06:49 am
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Quote from LTE

"Though obscene and tragic, this does not equate to a tangible threat to the national security of the United States"

You have used two of the adjetives that discribe the reasons for going inti Syria, "obscene and tragic". At this point, The President needs to make this missile strike "a strike FOR HUMANITY"!

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localguy55 09/04/13 - 07:14 am
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Democrat after democrat on

Democrat after democrat on the hill stood in front of the house and senete chamber to denounce Bushes policy with regards to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It's time we hear from them again in some measure or another. It's no surprise that many Republicans are in support, however, Dems. who did not support Bushes policies should be consistant.
With that said, projection of power is a psychological thing. One needs only to have a reputation, an affirmed testimony, and swift response reflects to deter any belligerence. The Obama Administration has failed in all these categories. Now no country trusts nor wants to follow the U.S. in their present follies. So, it makes more sense to stay out of Syria. Doing anything short of boots on the ground or a nuclear strike ( not going to happen) will make little difference in the long run.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 07:44 am
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Quote from LTE

"U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., states that if the United States takes no military action regarding Syria, the consequences will be “catastrophic,” and will “undermine” America’s stature in foreign affairs"

McCain knows war first hand. If The US stops short of sending troops, isn't it time for The US to, at the very least, try to send a message about the use of chemical weapons!!

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lovingthesouth72 09/04/13 - 08:50 am
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Vigil of prayer and fasting for peace

Pope Francis- “For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced. It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.” The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.
Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.” And a link to the complete message: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-announces-global-praye...

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Jon Lester 09/04/13 - 10:11 am
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I bet whoever's voting down the comments won't actually say why,

because if the president can't articulate a strategy, who can do it for him?

If we can't even bring our "evidence" that Assad personally ordered the use of chemical weapons to the G20 summit, then we can't meet Putin's challenge to bring it before the UN Security Council, either, assuming we even have anything to show; flimsy as Bush's case for Iraqi WMD's was, he did at least bring it before the UN.

America can remain plenty "exceptional" without expending so much treasure trying to dominate the whole world. A little bit of consolidation, and making room for the BRICS countries to step up, would not cost us anything and would surely avoid potential for disaster in some spheres. Frankly, once the Chinese get their aircraft carrier ready for duty, I'd like to see them take over security for the Persian Gulf, since they have the money to pay for it, and they're getting most of the oil out of the region, anyway. They will keep the straits open, and they won't be pushed around by the house of Saud.

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rmwhitley 09/04/13 - 10:11 am
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Lefties in America
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don't want to allow guns in the hands of true Americans but want to give them to the SAVAGES in syria who kill their enemies, cut open their chests, cut out their hearts and livers and eat them while ON CAMERA. graham and mccain are the morons we call Republicans?

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jimmymac 09/04/13 - 10:30 am
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We stated sir! We have absolutely no business getting involved in Syria. It's none of our business. They're not our allies and never will be. The one common denominator is they all hate us equally. No matter who's in charge we will be their enemy. It's a Muslim problem so let the muslim countries deal with it.
If we bomb Assad will have human shields in place and then we'll be blamed for killing innocents. We can't win and no matter who does win, we'll lose.
Democrats supporting the bombing are hypocrits of the first degree. Where is Hollywood protesting their guy Obama's desire for war like they did against Bush?

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KSL 09/04/13 - 12:50 pm
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At this point

Shooting missiles into Syria is a waste of missiles.Thanks to Obama's running his mouth, assests have been moved to safety. What a way to manage a war! Exactly whose side is Obama on?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 02:55 pm
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KSL @ 1:50

"Shooting missiles into Syria is a waste of missiles.Thanks to Obama's running his mouth, assests have been moved to safety. What a way to manage a war! Exactly whose side is Obama on"

I agree, Obama has said and promised too much. BUT I believe the spy satelites can track these "assets" as they are being moved.

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chascushman 09/04/13 - 03:50 pm
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'I agree, Obama has said and
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'I agree, Obama has said and promised too much."
Bledsoe, there is big difference between promising and lying. The racist, Marxist/communist in the WH has been lying most of his life but many people are dumb enough to believe him.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/13 - 04:44 pm
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bledsoe

It's too late.

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faithson 09/04/13 - 05:58 pm
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wilson should be ashamed

dump a sack of rotten potatoes on rep wilson (sc) for his questions at the hearing today. insinuating that this move against Syria is political cover for the tea parties conspiracy theories. this is black and white, period. you yahoo's that were gung ho in '13 show yourselves to be blatant hypocrites if you do not back the commander in chief.

KSL
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KSL 09/04/13 - 07:27 pm
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Isn't it still '13?

Isn't it still '13?

KSL
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KSL 09/04/13 - 10:17 pm
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Speaking of hypocritical,

Speaking of hypocritical, what is the difference in demanding support for Obama, the current CIC possibly 1500 or so subjected to chemical weapons, but crucifying Bush over Saddam's thousands and thousands of dead.

It is all political, isn't it?

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