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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 6:20 p.m. MDT

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Mcallen, TX

We can't afford the lives, and money.

Why did the people of America elect this guy?

Durham, NC

Woef.... your statements are so hypocritical... its hard to understand the monumental flip flop here. Why were lives worth loosing in Iraq, a country that never threatened Israel, or even really us, and yet Syria who has been pushing covert wars in Lebanon and threatening directly Israel - these country is not worth the same sacrifice.

Not to be misunderstood - if Lee is really being introspective rather than playing silly partisan games.... then good for him. We have made plenty of mistakes in the reagin. We picked the wrong side in the Iranian revolution - which still haunts us. We armed what would become the Taliban, because we wanted to stick it to the Russians. We armed Iraq in their war against Iran. We have a long history of unintended consequences.

So any real thoughtfulness is great. All options are bad here, and inaction is not a real option either. So I applaud his thoughtfulness - if that is really what it is.

Meanwhile the anti-Obama crowd just keeps on with their complaints, with no solutions offered.


Thank you Senator Lee.

Keep questioning ALL the executive orders that overstep the bounds set on the President by the Constitution. This is not a dictatorship.

Far East USA, SC

"We can't afford the lives, and money.

Why did the people of America elect this guy?"

Worf, Did you say the same thing in 2003?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

This is a byproduct of history.
We don't trust our leaders to tell the truth.
Further, we are proposing to inject ourselves into a civil war among Muslims. That's never a good idea.
Despite our efforts in Iraq (removing Saddam, rebuilding their infrastructure, protecting their new government) they have not embraced democracy.
Then there's that pesky question about an exit strategy...

Castle Valley, Utah

Does anyone believe that Lee would not readily support force if it were a Republican president calling for the same thing?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT


No mention in the article of the additional Russian naval vessels dispatched to the Mediterranean as a result of BO's sabre rattling. A misstep here inflames the entire region and beyond. We cannot afford such a conflagration with our incompetent apologizer-in-chief

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Great headline. "Missile strikes may be dangerous."

As opposed to those missile strikes that are safe....

Springville, UT

And letting the Syrian government keep using chemical weapons is dangerous, not just for the Syrian people, but for neighboring countries, and eventually by other bad actors who will see that no one will ever stand up to them. I hate the idea of intervention, especially as the invasion of Iraq cost a trillion dollars and handed Iraq over to Iran, but we can strike a blow without a long term commitment. Frankly, it worked in Libya, and some message has to be delivered to the Syrian government. For the GOP to whine after their leadership in recent years is beyond unseemly. It is hypocritical and smacks of nothing but cheap partisanship over our national and international interests and treaties.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

So besides voting over 50 times to repeal Obamacare what does Mikey do?
Seems it would be nothing but to say the opposite of what ever Obama says, real statesman there.

and the hypocrisy of the conservative posters here know no bounds.

I too am skeptical if doing anything in Syria will help, but I was also unpatrotic and told so, when I questioned Butch and Cheneys repeated and often told lies about Iraq.

@Worf when can we afford those 2, when a republican is starting wars?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

In Dec., nearly 40% of the House was for some type of intervention.
In Sept. 18% of the House is for some type of intervention.
The repubs in the House always move in concert in opposition to the POTUS.
Brave Sir Robin
Every mike lee moment is like manna from heaven for comedy central.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Esquire" according to the Russian government it was the Rebels that used the chemical weapons. See "Russia says it's compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical weapons attack" in McClatchy.

We don't even know for sure who has used the chemical weapons.

You were highly critical of Bush for going into Iraq based on bad information, why do you want to go into Syria with even sketchier information?

Ivins, UT

Wow, this thread is full of political mindsets and misguided comments about Lee in general.

Look out folks, the middle east is a bomb keg that will eventually blow. You will face reality if you are alive at that time. It will happen and Mike Lee knows what will happen and will not be pretty. I am for staying clear of this Muslim conflict.

"3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."

I prefer to keep away from evil politics and conflict. Obama was raised a Muslim and you know the saying.....why did we vote him into office for Heavens Sake.

Ivins, UT

@Utah Blue Devil..Meanwhile the anti-Obama crowd just keeps on with their complaints, with no solutions offered.

solutions to Obama's mistakes are difficult and too numerous to handle. You may be watching the wrong news channels. He is making headway into "fundamentally changing America". Have you not noticed. Are you not alarmed?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well duuuuhhh... lets see, bombs (dangerous), unstable tyrants willing to kill his own people (dangerous), International media that loves to criticize America every time we act, and radical Muslim groups that want nothing more than to drag the USA into these type of conflicts... how could this POSSIBLY go wrong??

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

9:52 a.m.

RE "For the GOP to whine after their leadership in recent years is beyond unseemly. It is hypocritical and smacks of nothing but cheap partisanship over our national and international interests and treaties".

So... does the DNC being silent when their leadership does the same thing they complained bitterly about Bush doing NOT "unseemly" and NOT "cheap partisanship"??

I would HOPE the DNC learned something from all the criticism they heaped upon Bush/Cheney. But they don't seem to have learned anything.

Salt Lake City, UT

A strike against Syria would not only be dangerous, but could be aiding the enemy. Russia has submitted a 100 page scientific analysis to the U.N. which proves the WMD gas came from the insurgents (including Al Quaeda). We would be aiding Al Quaeda by bombing Syria's military installations. Remember, 7 of the 9 groups fighting the Assad regime are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the organization in Egypt which destroyed 60 Coptic Christian churches and killed hundreds of Christians.

The Obama administration was on the wrong (anti-American and Caliphate promoting) side in Libya and Egypt. Making the same mistake for the third time will cause many good soldiers, who pledged to support the Constitution, to leave the military, and question the President's motives and loyalty.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

GW Bush and Mitt Romney threatens attacks against Syria = Good.
Obama threatens attacks against Syria = Bad.

See ANY hypocrisy with yourselves - Republicans?

Salt Lake City, UT

Either way, I think it's hysterical to see Obama go from a "no war at any cost" critic of George W. to a President who now owns two wars.

Obama is really just a puppet with no skills who is pretending to not realize that America is no better off 6 years into his Presidency.

Barack Hussein Obama is the worst "over-hyped" President in our history.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00


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