Hagel: US forces ready to strike Syria if ordered

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Peter's principle at work. Integrity in all quadrants? Where is General Patreas when we need his integrity in the quadrant.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    the problem is, the Syrians crossed a RED line in the sand. now if BO had delineated a BLUE line...

    BO's in over his head, always has been, always will be

    so did you thank JFK (D) and LBJ (D) for escalting our involvement in Vietnam and thank RMN (R)for getting us out?

    I didn't think so.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:16 p.m.


    I am extremely opposed to US military intervention in Syria. I served in Iraq for 18 months. I know what is involved. We do not want to go down this path.
    8:28 a.m. Aug. 27, 2013



    I too am a Veteran.
    Syria has not attacked us.
    There is no reason to intervene.

    Think Rwanda.

    worf --
    Welcome to the Anti-War Liberals.
    BTW - Where were you for the 8 years of terror under GW Bush?

    or is this just another anti-anything-Obama rant?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    A Secretary of State should be pleased when his/her service is "rather bland". This condition has a name - "peace".

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Chemical attack requires response?

    Remember when a video required a response?

    Can't trust the the wisdom of our press, and president.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    Wars don't just happen. They are planned--Franklin Roosevelt:

    Has a war with Syria been planned over the passed year or two, with chemical weapons being the focus to rally the troops?

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    My dream would be that we elect a President that sees that America has enough oil reserves to begin the process of getting us out of the Mid East oil business. Go green when the time comes, but for the forseeable future oil will remain the fuel of the world. In the meantime, drill baby drill. And, let the Mid East become what we can't stop it from becoming anyway.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    NO! NO! NO!
    Sure, we "can" attack Syria, but why?

    1. There is no compelling U.S. national interest in doing so!
    2. How will the attacks benefit the U.S.?
    3. What are the possible and likely consequences of an attack, both from the target and its allies, or our adversaries?

    Sure, thug regimes killing their citizens are horrible, but we are not and CAN NOT be the world's policeman. Syria is basically a religious civil war, with the "insurgents" largely made up of Al-Queida aligned Islamists who will gladly turn any captured chemical weapons against the U.S. and/or Israel.

    Iran and Russia are backing Assad, or more accurately- opposing the U.S. and we gain nothing by attacking Assad, other than to make Obama's threats seem credible.

    Our best course is to use the U.N. and demand they take action, and when vetoed by the Russians, declare case closed.

    British and European "support" is more theatrical than real, and the Arab (especially Saudi) support for the rebels is merely to get the U.S. involved with something they want to avoid.

    Have we learned nothing from Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Vietnam and Korea?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Yeah, as I am reading this article, I am thinking that so is Basshar Assad. Why don't we just send him our war plans. I also am wondering if Hillary wishes she were still Sec of State. This kind of strong military action would have looked good on her rather bland resume. There is talk that both Biden and Kerry might want another run at the White House too.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    So much for the element of surprise. Kind of like when we collected all of the materials in Bin Laden's compound on his terror network and then publicized to the whole wide world that we had done it.

    Aug. 27, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    I am extremely opposed to US military intervention in Syria. I served in Iraq for 18 months. I know what is involved. We do not want to go down this path.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    We attack other countries, than spend billions to rebuild them. In many cases, we arm them prior to attacking.

    We need to stop this.