Go slowly regarding Syria

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On Sept. 1, I saw Secretary of State John Kerry on five TV talk shows lobbying for an attack on Syria. He said “Syria had violated international norms,” and that the “credibility of the United States was at stake.” For me that was déjà vu all over again.

For those of you who have forgotten or who weren’t around then, let’s review.

Thirty-five-odd years ago, Navy Lt. j.g. Kerry went before Congress and accused U.S. forces of war crimes in Vietnam. The charges were baseless. Why would Kerry betray his oath and, more importantly, his “band of brothers”? He had an agenda: political office. He needed to get his face and name front and center with the voters. For a citizenry tired of the war and unfamiliar with the terms he used, it was a fairly easy sell and it worked. He received his 30 pieces of silver and later became a senator from the same great state that gave us Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy.

Fast-forward 35 years, and this incredible (look it up), characterless. facsimile of a man is the president’s point man on foreign policy and railing about “America’s credibility.” It’s like some Bizzaro-world comic book. If it weren’t so tragic, it would be comic.

We need to go slowly in Syria. If Syria violated international norms, let us have the international community deal with Syria. The last thing we need is to begin killing Syrians and then discover the opposition used chemical weapons to goad us into action. We are not even sure who all the protagonists are. We know al-Qaida, among others, is fighting against Bashar al-Assad, and Hezbollah, among others, supports Assad.

Can’t we mind our own business for once and not waste any American lives on Syria?

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localguy55
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localguy55 09/11/13 - 07:12 am
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Again and again stumble, trip, and fall.

This is what happens when you put the Keystone Cops into a position of power. In the top of the line up for this weeks gaffe list is Mr. Obama and John Kerry. It's a wonder that V.P. Biden has not come out of the woodwork to throw his 1/2 cent into the mix.
So, what was Mr. Obama's purpose in that nonsenicial speech. "We aren't threatened by Syria." says, the President. So, what was the point of it all?
This is a another sad example of an Admisitration that hasn't got the slightest idea of what they are doing. Thanks a pant load voters for leaving the community organizer in a position to drag us all down. Oh yes, for you supporters of this mess, please leave excuses for all to read.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 09/11/13 - 08:12 am
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I still don't understand

Why is obama so concerned about the use of chemical weapons killing children in Syria, and yet so supportive of the use of chemical weapons killing unborn children in America? He's a great deceiver.

This hold on Syria could be a good thing. Now Congress can get to work on defunding obama(doesn't)care before its too late!

fedex227
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fedex227 09/11/13 - 08:15 am
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Keystone Cops?
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I don't believe any administration over the last 50 years gets an 'A' (probably not even a ‘C’ when grading on a curve) when it comes to American Middle East foreign policy and this administration is no exception. But please let's put things in perspective. At least the policies (or lack thereof) of this administration did not result in the deaths and combat injuries of over 50,000 American troops. Without googling it, can you name any major strides in bringing about peace in the Middle East forged by Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Warren Christopher, etc.?
As much as people like to belittle the man, the last major achievement in Middle East peace, at least in my lifetime, was the Camp David Accords under President Carter in 1978. Despite all the turmoil, especially over the last several years, this has shown to be a huge milestone in the ability of Arabs and Jews to avoid military conflict (hey, I didn’t say that had to ‘like’ each other). And that speaks volumes.
Or … well, we can just bash President Obama, which is so much the norm in this periodical.

deestafford
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deestafford 09/11/13 - 09:29 am
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We have no dog in the Syrian fight.

There is no such thing as peace in the Middle East. There never has been and never will be. The people over there have been hating and killing each other for hundreds of years and it has intensified since the founding of Islam.

Our involvement in that area should be only to protect the free flow of oil and to protect Israel.

We should back only those leaders whose actions are in the best interest of the US no matter if they are dictators, kings, or duly elected. Whatever is in OUR best interest. Democracy is not a reality in the Mid-East culture. It's not possible under Islam.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/11/13 - 09:37 am
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Quote from LTE

"He said “Syria had violated international norms"

So, what is wrong with this statement? Even if Syria did not sign the Geneva Accords, every country knows the use of chemical weapons is banned by the international community.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/11/13 - 09:49 am
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In my opinion, the compaireson between Veitnam and Syria is; in a way; the same priciple. In Veitnam, our government was fighting the spread of communisum which; in many ways; was a form of WMD's. Syria has used chemical weapons which are real WMD's.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/11/13 - 09:57 am
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As of now, the situation about Syria is very fluid. The congress is still, although on the back burner, contemplating a missile strick. Now, the thinking is for Russia to make a deal with Syria to turn over control of their WMD's to the international community. In my opinion, this method will save lives, but this is Russia ( the dog ) wagging the tail ( The US )!! Is this really the way to go??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/11/13 - 10:11 am
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Russia has volinteared (spl) to broker a deal with Syria about their WMD's. The US is thinking this is the only way to save lives. The US government needs to look at history. The USSR and China backed North Veitnam to spread communisum thoughout the whole of Veitnam. The US but jets in the air and boots on the ground to fight communisum with The South Veitnamis. What leason did The USSR ( Russia ) learn from this war? They learned that The US could be beaten VERY BADLY!! Now, we are going to trust Russia to take care of the WMD problem. Cross your fingers!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/11/13 - 10:19 am
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"We need to go slowly in Syria. If Syria violated international norms, let us have the international community deal with Syria"

GO SLOWLY or turn our backs??!! Not to mension Russia's offer, the UN vote WILL NOT be unanimous because of Russia and China. The president is saying that a strong statement must be made to Syria.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 09/11/13 - 11:14 am
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It none of our business what happens in Syria. Keep out of the mess because whoever wins or loses will still hate us and our way of life. We armed rebels in Afganistan to fight the Russians and now they're using those weapons on our brave troops.

David Parker
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David Parker 09/11/13 - 11:29 am
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Give fair warning and then

Give fair warning and then bring the kiloton. Let them start over and try to do it right this time.

Darby
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Darby 09/11/13 - 11:51 am
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"Can't we mind our own business for once

and not waste any American lives on Syria?"

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Oh, we certainly can. The question IS will we? Or will we succumb to the pleas and dishonest sales pitch of the Great and Powerful OzBama?

He has certainly convinced bledsoe. Now he just needs to work of the rest of the country.

KSL
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KSL 09/11/13 - 03:23 pm
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McCain is on board with

McCain is on board with Obama. Now had John been elected POTUS, would the Obama supporters be supporting him on the bombing of Syria?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/11/13 - 07:08 pm
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My understanding of a liberal war process

"Don't do it or we'll do something, so small you will not even know we did it."

All the WH administration has done is to of allowed Russia to look like a savior for the Arab world.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 09/11/13 - 08:49 pm
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This whole administration is

This whole administration is a joke. The United States of America is the laughing stock of the entire Universe!

KSL
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KSL 09/11/13 - 09:53 pm
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Inept or pure evil, or both.

Inept or pure evil, or both.

Darby
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Darby 09/12/13 - 03:51 pm
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KSL

The political equation as I see it...

Obama = Incompetence & Arrogance
Incompetence & Arrogance = McCain

Therefore...

McCain = Obama

Simple enough....

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