Dan Liljenquist: We owe our fallen soldiers deliberation on Syria

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  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    What we owed our serviceman was to not start the idiotic invasion of Iraq. But that ship has sailed. To compare what Obama wants to do now to that disaster is silly. There is no invasion coming here. And there are ACTUAL WMD's being used.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Sept. 8, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    I am amused to see some here hop on the bandwagon of "if Romney". You didn't support him so how are you experts on what he would have done? Some have accused "the Republicans" as though all Republicans have the exact same opinions. If that is the case, do all Democrats sexually harass their employees, like the Democratic mayor in San Diego? Of course not. Not every member of every political party believes the way they seem to be accused by those who have an agenda to further by doing so.

    I am surprised that Secretary Kerry is so eager to enter a limited conflict, much like the one he served in and condemned so many years ago. War is so terrible that it must be the last resort, because once unleashed it is all or nothing. Limited conflicts don't work, they don't achieve anything except waste and impotence. It's all or nothing, and this one isn't worth the all.

  • Tlingit Orem, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    As much as we owe to our fallen military, we need to think about what we owe those who are still living.

    Let's let them come home. Let's let these families be families for awhile.

    I wish we could help the world; but we need to get well at home first.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    In the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin said invading Iran "would be a good idea". Many, many republicans shared her view. Why is there suddenly conservative pseudo concern?
    I agree with The Real Maverick, if Romney had been elected I'll bet the US would already be involved in Syria and possibly Iran. All to the cheers of republican politicians and supporters alike.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    Where was Dan's desire to wait and see on Iraq? When it's a repub who wants to drop bombs then its fine.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Why should we send our present warriors into harms way to pull a Pretender in Chief out of the corner he has painted himself into with I might add red paint all over his shoes? But he never did it according to him. Talk about living in denial. He is the queen of denial.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Sept. 6, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    @The Real Maverick
    Orem, UT


    1,000% agree.
    best comment of the day!

    Thanks Mav.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Let's not forget the fantastic string of lies, propounded by the very top of the U.S. government - Bush and Cheney, which lured us into Iraq. Many of the same interests which led us there are likely at work to get us into Syria. I agree with the writer. Let's beware.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    I agree with Dan.

    However, I question his sincerity.

    Would he have these same feelings if Mitt Romney were President?

    Would all these repubs who have been haws for years and years, suddenly be the same doves we see today had Romney won the election?

    For years, I've seen the repubs cheer wars. They have demanded more US intervention in the mid-east. Yet, now suddenly they don't?

    I don't recall repubs asking for isolationism under Libya or Egypt. I don't remember repubs supporting increased sanctions against Iran. It was all war all the time.

    Now... Suddenly... Military force isn't supported? Now, suddenly, sanctions are the answer?

    If the repubs have learned from disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan, then great. Unfortunately, I have a hunch that they're merely playing politics as usual. Had Romney won, we'd already be in Syria and Iran. These same folks, like Dan, calling for caution would be calling for action. Those calling for action would be demeaned and mocked. Just like so many of us were by the GOP when their President invaded Iraq.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    WHY is Deseret News publishing so many pieces by Dan Liljenquist?


  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    If we can not afford to take care of our less fortunate citizens in the United States why are we borrowing money from China to become the policeman of the world?

    I would like to see the draft reinstated and I feel that would lessen some of the desire of our politicians to send our troops to inforce our policies in the world.

    It is always easier to send other peoples children to war than your own.

    I wonder if any of our Congressman and Congresswomen have sons or daughters in the military with the rank of Sargent or under?

  • RosaMaria Laie, HI
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:36 a.m.

    There is no conclusive evidence that Assad gas gassed his people. According to Syrians who are receiving information from their families the rebels and AlQaeda are the ones creating all this chaos. Seems that Assad has the support of the religious leaders in the area. We don't have business interfering with Syria. The other countries in Europe are not supporting any attempt to help in the region. Why us? Why now? How can we think that secretary Kerry is telling the truth or even Mr. Obama? Our soldiers should not be sent to fight wars that is not in our interest. The people in the middle East are so used to use their own people and children to fight their wars. The American people don't want to support this war period. Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama should listen to Mr. Putin. He is looking more serious and presidential and leader at this point.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    Who appointed America to be the world's policeman? We owe it to soldiers past and present not to get into so many wars. These wars cost them, their lives, their well being, their time with their family. We owe it to them to be very judicious and the wars we do get into and in the past few decades we've been getting into wars at the drop of a hat.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    What's to deliberate? This is a no-brainer: don't do it!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    I am a veteran.

    I have several friend still in the Military.

    Their comments about this --

    "I don't want to be Al Qaeda's Air Force."
    "I enlisted to fight and die for MY country. Not someone else's."

    I hope Congress and the American people remember this as they clamor to send "someone else's kid" into harms way.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Excellent commentary Dan. I agree that careful deliberation is appropriate and necessary in this difficult situation. Thanks for your thoughts on this important issue.