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Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Centerville, UT

I don't know what the right answer is in Syria. But this letter added nothing to my understanding of the situation.

Hayden, ID

In Sweden, Obama did what he always does: dodge, deflect and blame. "He didn't draw a line, the world community did." Never mind there is no world community on Syria strikes. "His credibility isn't on the line, Congress' is." Nothing is HIS fault! Never accountable, never responsible. His policies harm America and its the "Republican's fault that things are so bad". Meanwhile the Republicans have no power whatsoever to stop Obama and haven't, not even one time!

Far East USA, SC

“By the way, when the president did draw it, it’s not like congressional Republicans were opposed to it,” Senor said. “No congressional Republican was saying don’t draw that red line. They were never criticizing President Obama for doing too much. They were criticizing him for doing too little. Now he wants to do something!”

Romney Senior Foreign Policy advisor - Dan Senor sept 4, 2013

spring street

And this letter helps move the conversation on Syria forward how exactly?

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Yes, spring street, this is the Republican way of moving things forward: criticize the president. That pretty much sums up the GOP strategy for the past (nearly) 5 years. Oh wait, they did come up with that nifty Ryan budget. You know, the one without any numbers.

Murray, UT

This letter is about comedy relief in a scary situation. Thanks for the chuckle!

For those of you who don't want to examine what the motives and consequences are, before we start military actions, you blind followers of Obama should be the ones to go do the work for him. Take up your arms and follow your leader into battle. The rest of us don't want to dirty our hands with the blood of women and children in Syria. We want to behave better than the powers that gassed them.

Diplomacy would be nice, except this president can't even negotiate with his own congress.

Let's just call them racists. That might work. (sarcastic, for those who can't tell)

The real answer, sanctions, period.

No American blood should be spilled and no Syrian blood should be spilled by Americans.

Salt Lake City, UT

A Zen garden is designed to be a place of tranquility and contemplation. Somehow I don't think the author really meant that President Obama is seeking such a result in Syria.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

No, Kent, this is the way that some people blindly follow a man who has proven that he is not fit to be President. He played while we were under attack in Bengahzi. He blames others for everything. He refuses to stand for anything. His foundation is no more stable than Jell-o.

He doesn't know who used the gas in Syria. No one outside of Syria knows who used that gas. Russia, Germany and Great Britian have said as much. They refuse to used as pawns by Obama so that he can strut around the world stage and beat his chest.

Do YOU believe in letting Obama bomb innocent men, women and children so that he can thump his chest? What is the value of life? Bombs are no more humane than is gas. Bombs kill indiscriminately. Bombs don't know the difference between the flesh of a soldier and the flesh of a child.

We point scornful fingers at terrorists who bomb their countrymen, yet Obama wants to send in the missiles. Do you protect innocent lives by bombing them?

Hayden, ID

@Spring Street and Kent. That's just it, Obama is not leading this nation forward. The majority of American know we are going backward in every area in which a country can move backward and what do we hear from Obama? "Its the Republican's fault because they are obstructionists." Name one thing, one policy, one agenda item where the Republicans have stopped Obama? Just one!

Provo, UT

Thank you for your insightful letter. I would have never known anything about Syria without your thoughtful and detailed letter.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Silly me; I always thought a Zen garden was known for its simplicity/minimalist style.

Wouldn't a better analogy be Yosemite Sam continually drawing lines for Bugs to cross and its Sam who ends up falling odd the cliff.

p.s. Lets just drop Ham Sandwiches and Bacon on the entire Near East/SW Asia (Israel included) and call it good.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

micawber, spring street, Kent, freedomfighter41,
so you dislike being reminded of what a poor choice was made last election? That's what I get from your comments.


I can not name a president in my lifetime that didnt' have a military conflict durning their term. In fact its hard to think of one in US history.
So what does this tell me? Republicans and Democrats are really the same party, disguised only by trivial moral issues they never really address, just rile up folks for their votes.
The sooner American's realize this, the sooner it can stop.
Stop arguing about Bush, Obama, left, right, etc... and have a real dialog about what our country is doing and what path it is on (and has been on).
The real motivations for our country's actions can be found like always, when you follow the money.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Mister J
Considering the whole one line Obama has drawn "no chemical weapons" then I suppose it is pretty minimalist.

Salt Lake City, UT

Actually they did recently add numbers to the Ryan budget... then they scrapped it. Turns out they didn't like what they were seeing.

"Name one thing, one policy, one agenda item where the Republicans have stopped Obama?"

Gun control, environmental policy, energy policy, job-creation, banking regulation*, health reform*, pay-as-you-go legislation, immigration reform.

*These weren't stopped entirely but what we got was way different than what we were looking to get, especially on banking regulation.

Hayden, ID

@alt134 You just named things wrong with America but NOTHING about Obama policy that was stopped by Republicans! Nothing! Environmental? Talk to coal miners! Tell us about Keystone and Solynda! Healthcare? Heard of Obamacare? Come on man, be honest at least!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"so you dislike being reminded of what a poor choice was made last election? That's what I get from your comments."

If war is something you don't like then you must have really hated Romney. He wanted to invade Syria and Iran.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

It's hilarious to watch the GOP suddenly become "doves" when for years they, their leaders, and all their presidential candidates have been requesting more military intervention in the Mid-East. Anyone else remember how Romney wanted to invade Iran? Invade Libya? Intervene in Egypt?

Only now they want to leave the Mid-East by its own?

Will they go against Obama at any cost?

Salt Lake City, UT

"but NOTHING about Obama policy that was stopped by Republicans!"

So what you're arguing is that Obama policy hasn't been stopped by Republicans despite their record setting use of the filibuster the last couple years?

How's that senate immigration bill doing in the house? Come up for a vote yet?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What happened to the left's insistence that "you should be able to negotiate your way out of any conflict without military action"... they were pumping out non-stop when President Bush had to make tough decisions like this??

Does that rhetoric only fly when there's a Republican President making the tough decisions? But silence when a Democrat is making the same tough decisions?

Why isn't Obama and Kerry sitting down with Assad and coming up with a peaceful solution? I mean that's what Democrats wanted Bush to do. Seems like we have another "Bombs fix all problems" administration again today.

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