Michael Gerson: Intervening late in Syrian conflict presents challenges for U.S.

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  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    It seems to me that the people who are the most anxious for us to attack other countries are the same people who cry the loudest about the deficits.

    I agree that rather than defer the cost to future generations we need to have a tax increase for the associated costs like three trillion for Iran.

    I find it to easy for old people sitting in congress to send someone elses children to fight in foreign lands when their own children are in prestigious colleges.

    I think a national draft would discourage people wanting us to attack other countries if perhaps their own chldren might be involved in the fighting.

    Also I question the sincerity of the "We support our troop" bumper stickers. Has Salt Lake City or any other major city in Utah had a welcome home parade for our troops?

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    May 4, 2013 12:20 a.m.

    "If you intervene, it can be very tough. If you don't intervene, it can also be very tough." I might add if you do a pre-emptive attack it will haunt you and stain your country's reputation for years to come.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    Next war everybody pays cash upfront to pay for the war to balance budget. The tea party approach requires a special tax for war.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 3, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    I have not looked in depth about the issues in Syria. So, I will reserve judgement.

    However, in any potential conflict, we need to take a carefully measured approach.
    Getting involved militarily should be the absolute last resort.

    And lets figure out how to PAY for it if we find it necessary to go to war.

    I wonder how many in our Congress would make different decisions if they had family who would be deployed. Or, if we had to raise taxes to pay for it.