Should America get involved in yet another Middle Eastern conflict?...The White House says there’s “very little doubt” that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people in Damascus. And if true, it definitely crosses the “red line” Obama laid down. But what exactly should we do about it? One expert warned that there is no good outcome for America in Syria. We could launch missile or drone strikes, but that’s likely just to harden anti-US sentiment. If we don’t help force Assad from power, Syria will remain in the hands of a dangerous tyrant closely aligned with Iran. If we do help force him from power, Syria will likely fall into the hands of the strongest rebel forces, the ones linked with al-Qaeda, creating another anti-American, Islamic radical state right on Israel’s doorstep. Sadly, the best thing for our interests would be for both sides to just go on fighting each other. But how long can a nation with our sense of compassion just sit there watching the carnage and do nothing?

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  • Lynn Kirchhoff

    09/04/2013 05:48 PM

    I believe we need to stand up for humanity. Watching innocent children and other every day citizens foaming at the mouth, convulsing and dying a slow, miserable death is an image I can't get out of my mind. The Syrian government violated International Law in one of the worst ways. It deserves a painful response. Deal with the demon while it's still "dealable" or deal with him when he's bigger than you later! God be with us!

  • Bill McMullen

    08/31/2013 01:52 PM

    I think we should stay out of Syria period. They have been at war (religious) for 1000 years and that is what this is all about. Let them handle their own wars and cost of wars and refuse to seent them or any other country that hates any money for any purpose. That all of that money that is sent out of this country and pay off or 16 Trillion debt as soon as possible, protecting our future generations. We need to take care of our country first and if their is any left over we can consider helping the rest of the world. Our constiuntion does not say that we are the Police of the world and does not say anything about nation building, as I understand my reading of it. We as a nation have to understand and believe in what how this country was started and the reason the people came here in the first place. We need to protect our borders, like they are protected in most other countries of the world for the sake and safety of our people. I am sick and tired of seeing our military losing lives in vain and all of the injurded military that have to live the rest of their lives because of the useless wars that we had no business being in the first place. And we are obligated to give our military injured personal life time care for what they have done for us to keep us safe. That is my story and I am sticking with it. Thanks for the opportunity to state the above.

    Bill McMullen

  • Vicki Small

    08/29/2013 03:51 PM

    This all sounds hopelessly familiar. I may be misremembering, but it seems to me that we heard the same things from the first George W. Bush administration about Iraq, and IF I remember correctly, Obama refused to believe there were WMD's of any kind.

    I also THINK I remember that, when we started the "shock 'n' awe" action against Iraq, we had support from several friendly nations, as well as at least a couple of nations in the area. Again, I could be wrong.

    But we had reason to hope that, once we toppled Saddam Hussein, we could work with allies and nationals to build a democratic government in Iraq. In Syria, we have no such hope.

    Can we let the carnage continue? I don't know.

    Is there even a remote possibility that we will really end it?

    I know this is long, but I have to say it: My memory is that one of Sen. Obama's stated reasons for opposing the war in Iraq was that there was no exit strategy, there was no plan for ending the carnage happening there. In Syria, what are the chances we will be fighting people who have weapons we have provided? How will we know when/if we have "won"? What is our exit strategy?

  • David S

    08/29/2013 04:11 AM

    There are no good guys in this war in Syria. We of course don't want to see people die, but we cannot support either side, because neither side deserves to be supported.

  • rob durney

    08/28/2013 09:29 AM

    The Unites States cannot bear the sins of the world. Nor can we afford to be the world's "watchdog" at the expense of our own welfare. We will be damned if we do and damned if we don't. In the world of politics, no good deed will go unpunished.

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