Obama hopes Kerry talks 'bear fruit' on Syria

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  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    Sept. 17, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    The golf obsession can be overlooked if there appears an Exit Strategy on the horizon...

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    As a veteran from the Army and Air Force, I would not propose going into this type of country with it's various power structures of a civil war. However, however, having worked with the Chemical Weapons Convention and the inspectors from the UN's OPCW, that treaty that President Clinton signed and passed by the Congress is a very effective tool for eradicating chemical weapons. However, there are strict requirements of all State Parties and Libya was under duress when it joined the ranks in 2003 timeframe but this is a completely different circumstance than Ghadafi had. Ghadafi had the Pan Am flight problem and then the Iraqi war II started and he was afraid of the actions he would have against him.

    Asaad, on the other hand wants to continue his power structure and gain some favor from the international community. The CWC treaty is too stringent and logistically almost impossible for weapons in separated and remote locations to be destroyed in a timely manner with the amount of weapons he has and with a probably insecure method of storage.

    Does Asaad contain rebels while insuring safety of the inspectors involved in the process?

    The President doesn't plan.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Gee... I would've thought you all would be happier that not only are we likely to avoid military conflict (something you all wanted) but we're likely to get Syria's chemical weapons too (something I presume you all wanted just not at the cost of military strikes/troop involvement).

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    This President has been along for the ride on his pro media express at the cost of our reputation and standing in this world from the poorest to the richest country.

    His leaders have been similar in tactics of the community organizer with hope crushed as change is what took us down for the Nobel Peace Prize for a President that hadn't even started his tenure except campaigning.

    His teleprompter makes it so his advisers have all the say in what he says except for his momentary blips that come out without a teleprompter.

    His working knowledge from his staff on the chemical weapons convention is lacking on the playing field with the head protester of all leading the band as an anti-military Secretary of State.

  • freedom in 2017 paradise, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    obama....hoping? hope is gone and only change will happen when barry leaves office

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 14, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Again with the "Vacationgate"? No one else tries to sell this particular line, so the Far Right must be running short of things to hate. Mr. M. says the president is a tyrant, and the next shouter will say he's a timid leader. You guys can't even get your attacks straight.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    The right wing now has to get more creative to bash the president.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    Sept. 14, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Hope and change has come a long way since Obama first proposed that concept when he ran for President as a community organizer who sold his concept to a gullible eager public that did not realize that change is not always for the better. After Obama was elected he boldly asserted that the "transformation of America" was about to begin. Regrettably the transformation turned out to be against the Constitution into a changed era in which one person took power over the Congress and Supreme Court. Change came but not for the better but from bad to worse. The Bush II chickens of the two preemptive wars came home to roost, and as usual, each succeeding President seems to outdo the errors of previous administrations. Now Obama himself hopes for change when friend Vladimir Putin seems to have bailed him out of his self-created Middle East and Syria maze and labyrinthine ways, but unfortunately, the Hound of Heaven turns out to be the master KGB Chief, Vladimir Putin, not exactly the lesser of two evils. Out of the frying pan into the fire?

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Sept. 14, 2013 6:11 a.m.

    According to very recent news reports this morning from other US news sources...
    This new proposal is in the works between the US and Russia to rid Syria of it's chemical weapons.
    We Americans are grateful for those with cooler heads who take their finger off the trigger.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 13, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Criminal act?

    When a leader abuses public funds, by taking hundreds of millions for personal vacations, it becomes difficult trusting in his foreign policies.