AP poll: Most Americans oppose strike on Syria

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Since the Russians are now involved and they are signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention, they and the United States of America have obligations and requirements to fulfill with the enforcement of that treaty. There are processes to take into consideration, such as Libya did when we attacked Iraq in the second war due to Iraq's possession of chemical weapons, that Sadaam bragged about. Ghadafi knew the consequences and became a signatory to that Chemical Weapons Convention treaty. Syria needs to become a signatory if they are admitting to having chemical weapons. As a member of the United Nations, Syria is obligated to do it's part and comply with that treaty and sign on.

    Russia, the United States, China and others should force the hand of Syria to come clean. They all have a benefit to gain in this process. War is a loss to anyone's economy. There is enough of the war and rumor of war scene out there for all to get rid of.

    The International Community has to use the 189 countries that are signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty to push that significant treaty into the enforcement role which is rule by rule.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 10, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    All bark, and no action. Should nave not barked, and make us look foolish.

    In tonight's speech, he'll spin this in his favor to make himself look like a peace making savior. He's done it before.

    Some will believe it.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Sept. 10, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    Even IF Assad used chemical WMDs,
    It makes it a violation on International treaties,
    and is therefore an International matter of concern.

    The United NATIONS should be heading this,
    not the United States!

    The only thing worse than a 2 faced politician,
    is the Obama = Bad,
    Bush = Good
    comments from conservative Republican hypocrites I read here day after day!

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    What we have seen with a Chemical Weapons Treaty is that if a country wants to sign, and then do the opposite, it is easy for them to get away with it. Today, there is really no power in the world to stop them. Particularly when a super power (read nuclear) like Russia, or China have a say so. Even Iran, which has few real friends, has been able to continue with its nuclear program. Which I find ironic as chemical weapons can kill thousands and be defended against with preventative measures. What can defend against megatons of nuclear explosions, which can kill millions. And we're worried about a few cans of Raid? Right now the world seems to be "Chemical wise and nuclear foolish".

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    President Carter had the U.S. Hostages in Iran. He spent six months preparing for the rescue mission without people knowing it. However, with his adept military staff during a time when pay raises and recruiting was at a low, he pursued a disjointed operation involving all military branches of service.

    However, President Reagan was able to gain their release through diplomacy and not by military power. Sometimes diplomacy is the best way to do things. Assad is becoming just like all dictators, ego and power filled. Everyone but he is the problem. He will use all his force and power against our country. This President is one upsmanship with Assad.

    He is doing something because he can, whether the teleprompter tells him to or not. It is sort of like the mirror mirror on the wall type of government. What makes him look good is all he cares about. I remember his first speeches when he used the term "I" all the time instead of talking about our country and the great people we have doing dedicated work for the good of our country.

    He must come from a different world with his minions around him.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    The leadership of our country in the 1990s pushed for and got the United Nations to promulgate the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty. President Clinton signed it into effect after Congress did their part. I wonder what Mrs. Clinton would be doing if she was still the Secretary of State with the only real workable treaty her husband signed was brought up to her?

    This President isn't using that diplomatic process to pursue action against Syria. There are 189 countries that are signatory to that treaty and North Korea and Syria have not. However, Syria is a member and the treaty is still in effect in the other 189 countries which have all agreed to the actions to be taken in the CWC treaty.

    We have a country that is Rambo after the Benghazi event with only 4 of our dedicated U.S. servants died. We need to have our Congress declare to the President their judgment on this issue. Congress approved the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty and this President is bound to act under that treaty. There are billions of dollars we have spent to ensure it is enforced throughout the world.

    Where is our mouth now that we spent money.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Let us get to the real points here - the REAL problems here are twofold..

    1. Nobody believes or trusts Barack Obama. Barack has proven over and over that HIS own political tail is more important than that of the country. That is a sad fact. This little man has no respect here at home or anywhere in the world.

    2. There are no national interests that we have in Syria. This silly "little war" is nothing more than a means to salvage some of Barack's credibility ...which is essentially zero anyway.

    this is what you get when you elect a Jimmy Carter clone ...twice!! How stupid has America become???

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    The problem is our President went around the world over 5 years ago lambasting our nation's prior leadership for the whole history of our government. No one ever did anything right so far as he is concerned. Even his wife expressed that in her phrase of now she is finally proud of our Country.

    What goes around comes around. The blessing of using integrity is that honesty is still the best policy. When a person lies or tries to deceive, they have to make up stories to defend what they said or stated. However, it is like trying to gather up the mustard seeds or dandelion fluff after it is dispersed. You can't get every piece. When a person tells our 525 U.S. Senators and Representatives to pass the ACA and then read it later, is not a person of integrity. Those people then used their lack of integrity to do what they were swore or affirmed to do, protect the Constitution of the United States of America and that process.

    Now, this President also swore an oath to protect our country is shooting from the hip on a very sensitive issue, the middle east.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    "The president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation---Barack Obama, Boston Globe--December 20, 2007"

    Is this a flip-flop?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    To Assad, if you want to kill more of your people, I hope you now realize that as long as you do it will bullets and bombs, it is OK with everyone in the world, including Obama and Putin. They were only worried about saving face. So good move. Say you will get rid of the chemical weapons and then continue with the more effective killing that you have already done with some one hundred thousand dead. And by the way, as long as Putin is on your side, you will be safely in power.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    And of course we are supposed to BELIEVE the Russians and Putin that the weapons will REALLY be turned over. Yeah, live in your dream world. This is just another Middle-East shell game. Saddam played it for years with the world, just like Iran is now. Nothing has or will change in spite of the spiking of the football no doubt coming from Obama and the gang. Hope you all feel better, because that will be the only change in this whole episode. Feelings.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    obama now has the russians dictating US policy. this is absolutely classic. the organizer in chief is so far over his head and yet his groupies still give him excuses. pathetic

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    In a day of frequent political spin by both sides, simply reporting the actual numbers of the poll would likely be more helpful than commentary about the what the numbers mean. It would only add one more sentence to the article.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Sept. 10, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Of course the DN can't run a story giving Obama credit. They have to publish more front-page articles whine about how Romney lost, bash Obamacare, and warn us of the dangers of porn.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    I find it interesting the Des News still hasn't updated with the fact that a diplomatic solution is now unfolding where Syria will give up its chemical weapons (the end game) -- and it appears that this may have been Obama's strategy all along with his delayed strike, forcing Congress to put its cards on the table, visit with Putin, etc.

    Of course, can't give Obama yet another international victory as it doesn't fit Utah's narrative that Obama is "weak" on the international front... Utahns will find out, however, once they seek out news beyond the Des News website pages. It is only inevitable...

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    Hey DesNews - how about an up-to-date story on Syria - like maybe the one about the diplomatic solution where they will turn all the chemical weapons over to Russia for destruction?

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    So why is it the dn is ignoring what everyone else is talking about with the possible solution of Syria turning over it stck pile to the inter national community to be disposed?
    Syria blinked

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    Doesn't matter what the people want. Obama knows more.

    Any death from this will be on his shoulder.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    Mr. Putin has saved the president from a humiliating defeat in congress. Sending out Susan RIce as his spokeswoman is like sending out Madoff to sell investments.

  • MichaelAW Roanoke, VA
    Sept. 9, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    I think we will strike, heedless of the wishes of Americans. Each cruise missile costs 1.4 million dollars. 161 were used against Libya. That's a lot of profit for the Raytheon Corp. We may kill more than 400+ children in the exercise, but writing them off as 'collateral damage' will assuage the guilt.