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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

It's important to note that what they voted for is an authorization of limited strikes without ground troops. This would be something along the lines of what was done in Libya a couple years ago as opposed to something like Iraq or Afghanistan.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

The US should not intervene in Syria, period. No drone strikes, no missiles, no no-fly zones. Sit this one out folks. We have rushed in enough times. There is no second government in Syria ready to take over like their was in Libya. There is no parallel group that can stabilize the area like was done after Egypt. This is a five-way civil war with numerous militias, none of which have our best interests in mind. Sending missiles into the middle of all this is not gonna make it all better.

UtahVoter
Spanish Fork, UT

So, forgive my naivete, doesn't this simply mean that the bill made it out of committee? Nothing has been "authorized", but one of the gate-keeping committees decided - in a close vote - to let it go to the floor for further debate and an actual Senate vote ... in fact, those on the committee could listen to arguments and change their stance (either way) in the larger vote based on further discussion ... is that not correct?

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

It is also important to note that many Republicans who criticized Obama for NOT getting Congressional approval on Libya (and who disrespectfully call Obama "King Hussein"), are now complaining because he IS getting Congressional approval on this situation! It is forcing many Republicans in Congress to expose their true positions, risking loss of electoral support at a crucial time when the GOP is trying to take control of the Senate and retain control of the House.

I have been Republican my entire life, and I don't recall a more partisan, political-game-playing group of Rs in government during my lifetime. It is no wonder Mitt lost.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Two issues that have me concerned about the administration's request: 1) We were lied to about Benghazi. How can we be sure he is telling us the truth about Syria? The truth to Obama seems to be whatever is currently to his political advantage. 2) Obama botched up the Benghazi mess so badly, do we want such an incompetent man leading us into Syria? Perhaps if Obama had shown more competence in the past, we could feel some confidence in what he wants to do. But, I'm concerned that a former professional community organizer just doesn't have the wisdom or ability or competence to bring the Syria thing to a satisfactory conclusion.

Hondo
Sacramento, CA

I'm sorry, but the U.S. needs to stay out.

Why is it our obligation to be in everyone else's business? I tire of hearing that we have to defend the defenseless or that if we let someone get away with this or that, something more atrocious will happen soon. Innocent children die inside our borders every day. Pretty soon we'll be involved in more wars than we can handle and we'll crumble from within. Roman Empire anyone?

arand
Huntsville, u

Here we go again. Do we have all of the news people and cameras over there ready to go? It's going to be a really-really big shoooow.

Hondo
Sacramento, CA

And don't say that we do it because we have the ability to do it because we don't! We don't have the money to get involved in another skirmish. The taxpayers have already paid millions just to deploy ships and resources into the reason on the hunch that we will act. Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

No more than 90 days gives Assad advance notice for planning purposes. A lot can happen in 90 days. A lot can change.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Similar to Iraq when they were able to hide their chemical weapons in Syria with the preparation time for a military force as we sent into Iraq. After the first Iraq war, they knew our process even with top secret and secret messages and plans. If Russia is supporting the Syrian government due to all the military weapons and business, including oil Russia gets, then they will lock their horns against our efforts. Russia signed the same chemical weapons treaty we did 20 years ago and has it in-force in Russia.

We will see what happens but the United Nations isn't doing anything with the Treaty, Chemical Weapons Convention that they sponsored and enforce with billions of dollars from the United States of America.

President Obama is using the Bill Clinton approach on the definition of "is" on the red line, now. He has one year to prepare his statement on what he really meant when he used the "Red Line" during the Romney-Obama campaigns around Benghazi. At least Ambassador Susan Rice showed her forte with the media and got her top job as security advisor and gets her picture with the President and in meetings alone.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

I've seen it all before. Then only thing I want to know is 5 years from now, will there still be troops in Syria, and will the writers on this board be lambasting ex Pres. Obama for getting us into another unfunded war, after blasting ex Pres Bush for the same thing. One can only wonder.

NoBoxScot
Salt Lake City, Utah

If they used the test that is implied in some reports, most citizens of the U.S. would have tested positive also since water fluoridation is quite common. Maybe we should ask for more government transparency; oh, Obama promised us that didn't he. . .

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Administration after administration takes us into wars, maneuvering and intervening in foreign affairs.

We took Eastern Europe from the Nazis and let the Red Army in. Then we fought to keep Communist influence spreading to South Korea and Vietnam. After backing Saddam Hussein we went to war with him. WE favored the Taliban, then fought against them. We have been involved in two world wars, a Korean war, the Vietnam war - which we lost, a Gulf War, an Iraq War, war in Afghanistan, now interventions are sought in Egypt and in Syria.

It seems we attack nations now that didn't attack us, or we're choosing sides and we don't know the "good" side, if there is one, is being selected.

Partisans of both major parties are voting us into these conflicts, often against the will of a significant majority of the American people. Why are both parties so bellicose? Why are they voting taxpayer billions on, not merely maintaining domestic peactime forces but, embarking on wars and actions that collectively can cost billions daily, then tell us we must borrow another trillion or so?

How about another political party? A peaceful, non interventionist one?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Defense contracts and civilian contractors use our hard earned dollars that are owed to the government for the next 200 years without going into debt more. Civilian contractors are mercenaries in todays world and even though the individual workers may not make much. However, the generals and colonels that run those companies after they retire with a very lucrative income and direct and indirect benefits don't go hungry and aren't exposed to any enemy fire.

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

Defense companies gearing up, and their owners and stockholders are licking their chops.
You money hungry, Big Business Republicans happy now?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

for crying out loud --
Didn't anyone see the movie "IronMan"?

TruthOnly
payson, UT

This is a plan to get the USA to Iran. No boots on the ground military action in Syria is boots on the ground military action in Iran It is all smoke and mirrors. It does not matter who the President is.

GreatScot
Eagle Mountain, UT

Who is paying for this?

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ riverofsun:

It's almost humorous how you are using this Obama-based effort to attack "big-business Republicans". You can't have it both ways. Are you against Obama or are you against Republicans on this one? You actually seem quite confused.

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

tators

Your comments generally reflect your penchant to spin or have it both ways...
Share the road...
LOL.

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