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  •  I believe Obama is doing the right thing by... (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, highacidity

    ...leaving it to Congress.

    Syria is a roll of the dice.  The situation on the ground there is as complex as it can get.  Any military action can have unexpected consequences in Syria and the whole region.

    When only the French (who used to be the imperial power there) are willing to go along (?) one has to stop and think.

    I believe Obama tells the truth when he accuses the Assad regime of using chemical weapons and I believe this is as bad as a war crime gets.  But do we benefit by acting unilaterally with only the French, who considered Syria a a vassal state, on our side?

    If we can get Turkey, The Arab League, the UN or even NATO to go along I may change my mind.  Right now I don't think it makes sense to go to war with Assad.  Arming even more the rebels we support because they are not Al Qaeda or Iran sympathizers does make sense.

    But all this is too complex for me and too complex and I consider myself fairly well informed (in great part by hanging out here).  Your "friend"at the Italian restaurant is obviously an uninformed true believer.  Hopelessly misguided.  But even among many informed people I cannot find much consensus.  Obama has sold me on the crime committed but he hasn't sold me on  the action to take.  Let's see what Congress does even though many are about as informed as your "friend".

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    by Shockwave on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:54:28 PM PDT

    •  It will be to Americans benefit to stand down & (3+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, chantedor, Sunspots

      and allow France to act unilaterally.

      Why does it always have to be the US?

      That the US has created that dependency by always stepping to the forefront as the global police only shows that it is time we stop it.

      It is time to allow other countries to take over, for them to stop depending on Americans to always lead, to carry the load, to finance the actions.

      But do we benefit by acting unilaterally with only the French, who considered Syria a a vassal state, on our side?

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 09:38:47 PM PDT

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    •  If we were respecting our social contract (2+ / 0-)
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      and the law (ha!), it's not up to Obama in the first place. Congress has the power to declare war or not to, period.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 11:17:15 PM PDT

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