Warnings of a Syrian quagmire as U.S. contemplates military strike
August 28th, 2013
12:39 PM ET
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Warnings of a Syrian quagmire as U.S. contemplates military strike

Washington (CNN) - Haven't we heard this before?

With President Barack Obama examining how - not whether - the United States will respond to what it calls a major chemical weapons attack in Syria, some are warning of another potential open-ended war if America launches an expected military strike.

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  1. TONE

    @ just saying
    Name me one good thing the GOP did for the American people.

    August 28, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. thisandthat

    U.S against chemical weapons but they used Agent Orange in Vietnam War already. I despise the U.S gov

    August 28, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Well, Mr. Obama... what's going to be your course of action when Assad launches one of those chem weapons into Tel Aviv?
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    Well, I guess if you're going with a cruise missle strike as a response, then one choice of target selection has already been made for you. ... ... ... "All too easy."
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    Can you elaborate on your comment, Rudy... because it really makes no sense to me whatsoever. My question was "what will your course of action be if Assad launches a chemical weapon into Tel Aviv... you reply with "Well, I guess if you're going with a cruise missle strike as a response, then one choice of target selection has already been made for you". That's nothing but word salad. If you're implying that Obama is going to target Assad's chem weapons, that would be a grave error... the resultant toxicity would be far worse than what Assad has already perpetuated. You're really not implying that as a target, are you?

    August 28, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    You're wasting your breath Tone, just trolls looking for anything to blame President Obama for. He never has any real answers, just BS comparisons like claiming the election was stolen like it was in 2000, now this possible war in Syria. As soon as the headline goes up that President Obama ok's it, he will be the first one trashing him saying how he was itching to go to war, then turn around 5 minutes later under another topic saying how he is leading from behind, and the cherry on top will be him saying, "what difference will it make?" He knows the Fox talking points verbatim.

    I stand with our President on this decision just like I did the empty headed one before him, before I found out there were no WMD's. But I do hope we can avoid getting into this. We are not the world police.

    August 28, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. boungiorno

    look at what has happened throughout HISTORY!!!!!!!!! Make sure your decision towards any other part of the WORLD reflects Love & Peace! GOD knows we could all use a little!

    August 28, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair asked:

    Can you elaborate on your comment, Rudy... because it really makes no sense to me whatsoever. ... ... That's nothing but word salad. If you're implying that Obama is going to target Assad's chem weapons, that would be a grave error... the resultant toxicity would be far worse than what Assad has already perpetuated. You're really not implying that as a target, are you?
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    I know that bombing a chemical weapons factory would most likely result in a major toxic mess. Somehow, I don't think that bombing a missle would have the same result. The likelihood is high that not as many chemicals would be present at the delivery system's location. Common sense says to seperate the two.

    August 28, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    I've got a suggestion for target sites: The banks where Assad keeps his billions. OR, the jewelry stores where his wife makes her major purchases.

    August 28, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "Two years ago, a genuine uprising began among the civilians, but it was quickly usurped for foreigners looking for another country to take over."

    Excellent post, Rudy. One could also argue that this is exactly what is happening within our own borders. Foreigners looking for another country to take over, political speaking of course, by posting dissident comments against our President and our citizens on media blogs such as CNN, RedState, NBC, Huffington Post, Daily Kos. Would you care to wager a guess on how many posters are who they say they are posting under their anonymity on these blogs? The gullible nature of Americans never surprises. Another article on today's ticker exemplifies a much needed awareness to exactly how gullible our citizens become when debated by a stronger personality, regardless of the truth of the argument debated by that stronger personality. I guarantee you not one person left that site any wiser than when they first arrived. But everyone did agree how agreeable it was to be agreeable to each other.

    August 28, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    sonny chapman

    I've got a suggestion for target sites: The banks where Assad keeps his billions. OR, the jewelry stores where his wife makes her major purchases.
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    Good chuckle. Seriously though, bombing a bank is likely to negatively adversely affect innocent civlians in one way or another. Banks are usually located in or near civilian neighborhoods, and civilians may have money on deposit in those banks as well.

    Target selection would have to be strictly military targets. Destroying an airfield and some aircraft would be good, although most of the conflict has not been fought from the air.....which is why a "no-fly zone" would be a realtively ineffective, costly, and meaningless gesture. Nope, the targets must be strictly military, preferably as far from civilians as possible. And no, we cannot bomb any of the royal palaces, either.

    August 28, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. smith

    @Tampa Tim- not sure what planet your on but if you really think everything is fixed after 30 plus years of bad presidents your insane. We should stay out of this period, both side are basically terrorist. a no win scenario.

    August 28, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We're of the same mind Wake up!
    I too stand with my President on whatever decision he makes regarding Syria.
    I supported the Crawford Village Idiot when he lied us into war and the deaths of thousands of military personnel and innocent civilians.
    We have intelligence, empathy and compassion in the White House these days for a change; and the majority of the people in our country trust this President to do not only the right thing but to avail himself of ALL intel before making his decision.
    HUGE difference from our days under the Worlwide Reign of Terror that was Dubya.

    August 28, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Pretty clear". NOT CLEAR ENOUGH."

    Let's see what's in the declassified report that Obama intends to release first. I don't want boots on the ground either, and it would irritate me no end. However, until we know what they plan to do, how they plan to do it and what justification they offer, I reserve judgment. Moreover, Bush was criticizes for not having clear goals set and failing to define "victory", then claiming "mission accomplished"...I'll be furious if Obama pulls the same vagaries, but I don't expect he will. Anyway, I think the freakout party is a little earlier.

    August 28, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    thisandthat

    U.S against chemical weapons but they used Agent Orange in Vietnam War already. I despise the U.S gov
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    Agent Orange was not a chemical weapon, designed to kill humans. It was designed to kill off the dense jungle undergrowth that provided xcellent cover for close range ambushes. However, it did have an adverse affect on humans hiding in the bushes. It made most of them seriously ill, but not fatally so.

    August 28, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Quagmire, would be an understatement, of the risks involved.

    August 28, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    Hey Rudy, Syria's fighter jets are big ticket items. Even if it won't change the battlefield dynamic, it does hit Assad where it hurts-in the pocketbook. OR, find the garage where he parks his dozens of Rolls & Ferraris.

    August 28, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Being at work I was unable to listen to the President's speech marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in its' entirety, but what I did hear was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

    August 28, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    kirk

    Were crying anyway chris, we need to stay the f out, not our problem.hate me, but I think many agree
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    I know I agree with you.
    I voiced the exact same sentiments yesterday.
    No hate here.
    I do stand by my President but I wish most sincerely that we not get involved in this fracas.

    August 28, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    It's so good to see you back with us Dominican Mama!! I may not have been crazy about Bush, but he was the POTUS at the time. My anger at the shrub didn't manifest itself until we found out there were NO WMD's, the economy crashed, my company that I worked for had to let go 75% of their employees, and I lost my good job that I adored. I think I had every right to feel the way I felt but....... I digress.

    Sigh..... No matter what President Obama does, he will be vilified by the right. Respect of the office of POTUS went straight out the window with the election and reelection of the cool guy with the permanent tan.

    August 28, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    @Sniffit,

    Basically agreed. As long as that report contains evidence and not approximations, I'd actually be on board to remove a war criminal from the world's stage ... as long as everyone has skin in the game. America should not lead this, in my judgment.

    August 28, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Anonymous who responded to Rudy's post with the following:

    One could also argue that this is exactly what is happening within our own borders. Foreigners looking for another country to take over, political speaking of course, by posting dissident comments against our President and our citizens on media blogs such as CNN, RedState, NBC, Huffington Post, Daily Kos. Would you care to wager a guess on how many posters are who they say they are posting under their anonymity on these blogs? The gullible nature of Americans never surprises
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    Excellent post Anonymous, whoever you are, I must say.
    Thank you.

    August 28, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We're of the same mind Wake up!
    I too stand with my President on whatever decision he makes regarding Syria.
    I supported the Crawford Village Idiot when he lied us into war and the deaths of thousands of military personnel and innocent civilians.
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    I never supported the Iraq War. I had questioned the so-called WMDs from the start. There had been UN weapons inspectors on the ground looking around for years, and they had found nothing, no evidence of anything. But what tipped the scales for me was Bush suggesting that Saddam had something to do with 9/11 and Al-Qaeda.

    That insinuation made absolutely no sense, none whatsoever. I just could not envision two men, Saddam and Bin Laden, allowing the other guy to be in charge over the other. They were too comfortable at being at the top of the command structure, after having spent years and decades there.

    August 28, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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