Charles Krauthammer: America arming rebels in Syria is meaningless

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  • jsf Centerville, UT
    June 24, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    The only action the US should be involved in is the humanitarian care of the wars victims and refugees.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    June 23, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Ah, so the real reason we were in Iraq was to be able to counter an anti-Assad rebellion in Syria! I actually might have respected the honesty of that realpolitick argument if you had served it up a decade ago instead of going with the whole 'WMD and nebulous connections between Saddam and Bin Laden' angle.

    Rather than offering a post hoc justifcation for the treasure and blood we poured into Iraq, why don't you focus on the major question most Americans have: what possible justification is there for yet another intervention in a region that is boiling over because of the LAST intervention we made?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 23, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    I'll go to war!

    As soon as chuckie does. I'm right behind him!

    Until then, America needs to STAY SIDELINED.

    It's amazing that we are even having this conversation. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan... Will we ever learn our lesson?

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    June 23, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    He forgot to add, "when a democrat is president."

    You can just add that to the end of every article Kruthenhammer does and then it makes sense.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    June 23, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Krauthammer laments that the U.S. is no longer the regional hegemon of the Kissinger era because of Obama's propensity to navel-gaze during foreign crises. Such a song of woe comes from a chorus of Neo-conservatives with Krauthammer himself at the podium. This may be the only time I'll agree with Sarah Palin: let Allah sort it out. Anything else is going to involve us in another war.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 23, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    The title of this piece in the Washington Post is: America sidelined, barely relevant.

    Krauthammer is saying our inaction is a blunder and that offering small arms is meaningless. The DN title is misleading.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    Krauthammer seems to forget about al-Nusra and the Sunni extremists who primarily hate Shi'ites and Assad's Aluwite minority in Syria. They are fighting alongside the rebels too and are the most ruthless unsurprisingly. That little detail just complicates things for the simplified argument presented here.