Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
If we are able to get rid of "weapons of mass destruction" with out
having to spend 10 years occupying a county, spending billions of dollars and
losing thousands of lives, may we suffer such humiliation many times again.
The main problem is not supporting force by the Republican tea party whose only
goal is to embarrass the Obama Administration and upcoming eight year Clinton
Administration. The conservatives that had power for eight years and created the
conditions that caused them to be bitter and unreasonable.
Since when is averting unnecessary war humiliating?This nation
wasted thousands of lives and trillions of dollars trying to be the world police
in Iraq and Afghanistan and those places now are even bigger messes than they
were before we arrived and we are now even more hated in the Middle East.If "humiliation" is the price we must pay to avert similar
fiascos, then please, by all means, let the "humiliation" continue.
Embracing a workable chance for peace instead of another war is hardly
humiliating. It's about time our leaders stopped making knee-jerk
reactions to maintain what they think is American pride. It's not all
I have no doubt if Romney had won the presidency; we would be in a war with
Syria, with troops on the ground.What have these police actions really
given us?Korea: stalemate, North Korea even bigger problem now.Vietnam? Just plain lost that one, pulled out. Iraq? After ten years,
just as unstable, probably will have another religious dictator soon.Afghanistan? We could stay there for a hundred more years, and not make any
positive change.Too many old men want to send young men to war.Maybe
we should send the old war hawks to war; make them fight it out.
I don't feel remotely humiliated. I'm delighted we have a President
who can find diplomatic solutions to international problems.
Humiliation is what we have done over the past several years with American
involvement in the Middle East. At least we are not falsifying reports or
essentially lying in front of the UN Security Council like we did in 2002.
@Samuelsen: "A president who can find diplomatic solutions", or a
president who after flailing about and destroying his own and his country's
credibility accidentally fell into a diplomatic solution that's a huge win
for our enemies? Either way, if we weren't willing to commit to helping the
rebels it's better not to do anything at all. I will agree with you on
Invisible Hand,And for which enemies, exactly, is this a win? Russia is
not an enemy. Russia, actually, is an ally, an ally with which we have
disagreements, but an ally all the same. Our biggest enemy, in fact, is Al
Queda. Which would have benefited if we had bombed Syrian forces.In a
situation in which there really were no good options, the President found a
reasonable solution. Win win.
Eric:I agree with you often but I wouldn't trust Putin as far I
could throw him.
Vietnam?true, but that was 40 years ago.Need we be reminded of
Bush and then GOP's debacle in Iraq just yesterday?Nice dodge
and spin, Senator.And as for Pres. Obama, At least I
don't have to pretend to be Canadian when I travel internationally anymore
like I did for 8 years under GW Bush!
Democrats do not need any assistance from the Republicans in embarrassing
themselves. Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry are conducting foreign relations based on
the Inspector Clouseau school of diplomacy; bumble through and something good
may happen, then take the credit. And we ridiculed Romney when he flip flopped.
It is ironic when a tyrant such as Mr.Putin lectures the US on being correct.
@4601Salt Lake City, UTIt is ironic when a tyrant such as
Mr.Putin lectures the US on being correct.9:47 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013======= Know what's even MORE ironic?Republicans in their ever hatred toward Obama siding and supporting Putin.Proving the truth to that old adage; "The enemy of my enemy is my
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