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August 27th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

On Syria, avoid 'Western vs. Islamic'

Sen. Jack Reed, a top Democrat from Rhode Island, urges the Obama administration against taking unilateral military action in Syria and explains why.


Filed under: Chemical weapons • Military • Syria
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  1. nauthizjane

    Obama does not have to take a side. Destroying the chemical weapons,the airfields and the missiles are in the International Interest to stop the genocide. It does not matter who used the chemical weapons.We just need to destroy the chemical weapons and the means to activate them. It is against International law to use the weapons and the entire world community who signed onto this law should be in the coalition to destroy them.
    If Obama is going to pull a Clinton and lob a gratuitous couple of missiles he will do more harm than good.
    We should form a coalition with the Arabs,as well as NATO,especially since the UN has failed again. Also, the President should discus this with the Congress. There is a reason we have 3 EQUAL parts of governments and he definitely should talk to the nation. President Obama broke the law when he attacked Libya with NATO&UN backing but w/o Congressional import.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Greg, Ontario

    Doesn't this sound a lot like the talk on CNN before Iraq was invaded for having WMD? The ugly fact remains that the inhumanity going on is Syrians acting against Syrians and nobody has the right to tell them to do otherwise. If they want to change their country let them fight and die for it like our forefathers did.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  3. Martha L

    Wolf: Really! Chemical weapons....didn't we have the same problem in Iraq when the Kurds were Gassed? We need to step out of the middle east all together, they are not people anyone wants to deal with. Russia has killed more than 200,000 Croats & Serbs...Putin is nothing more than a KGB agent flexing those bad muscles of his. He is as bad a bad gets, along with Bashar-al-Assad the mad Dictator of Syria.....they kill their own...and feel justified in doing so... American's screamed until we withdrew from Afghanistan....where killing is still going on...by the Taliban.... what a joke. So to hear a journalist say oh yes we need to go in because they are killing innocent people......HELLO....that is nothing new........I remember the KURDS. And all those dead bodies during Sadam Hussein's reign....Next question what about the UN the biggest joke on the planet.. what a waste of time & energy...not to mention the space... a do nothing organization.....they should have a wall of shame.... for the lack of attention to real world problems...makes one sick to see and hear what is going on .....our world is getting smaller by the minute.

    August 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm |

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