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. Wake up People!

    Good lord Fox-lite could your bias be more blatant?

    August 28, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. chris

    If this was a republican president you democrats will be crying about another war

    August 28, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Sounds to me like there's a bunch of people who've already made up their minds about what should be done (or not done, as the case may be), despite not having all the information the POTUS is privy to o he plans to release, and they're going to be all kinds of butthurt no matter what he does if it's not precisely what they've already decided, without all the information, is what he should do. In other words, this catch-22 he's in can be reduced down to one fundamental thing: they're mad that they're not POTUS instead of him. TOO. BAD.

    August 28, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. kirk

    Were crying anyway chris, we need to stay the f out, not our problem.hate me, but I think many agree: military intervention is not our obligation

    August 28, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. kirk

    There will always be human rights violations, are we to police them all, to what cost and end?

    August 28, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    I hope President Obama keep America out of this mess with Syria. Do like President Bush did. The military is is alway ready

    August 28, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Scott

    niffit

    Sounds to me like there's a bunch of people who've already made up their minds about what should be done (or not done, as the case may be), despite not having all the information the POTUS is privy to o he plans to release, and they're going to be all kinds of butthurt no matter what he does if it's not precisely what they've already decided, without all the information, is what he should do. In other words, this catch-22 he's in can be reduced down to one fundamental thing: they're mad that they're not POTUS instead of him. TOO. BAD.
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    You know perfect well if this was a Repblican President you would be crying and complaining about the bad Republicans and their endless wars., can you be anymore bias then you are. You have never had any credibility with your posts.

    August 28, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. just saying

    obama will make a mess of this like he has everything else. the time to act in syria was two years ago. obama just doesn't know how to lead. he honestly believes in the lead from behind bs.

    August 28, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    No war. Please. Involve china, Saudi Arabia.

    August 28, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Scott wrote:

    You know perfect well if this was a Repblican President you would be crying and complaining about the bad Republicans and their endless wars., can you be anymore bias then you are. You have never had any credibility with your posts.
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    And, he'd be right. Because there would be no question about whether or not a Republican POTUS would start dropping bombs. It would only be a question of how many and which night will the opening salvos be broadcast live on the network evening news.

    August 28, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Guess we know where GWB's "weapons of mass destruction" ended up.

    August 28, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Obama will continue to show leadership and do the right thing. He has eliminated most of the messes that Bush and the GOP has gotten us into. I would prefer no more wars in the Middle East, as our grandchildren will be paying for the unnecessary war in Iraq.

    August 28, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    No war. Please. Involve china, Saudi Arabia. Enough wars. Nation is completely broke. Focus on education, infrastructure, green energy, solar energy.

    August 28, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    obama will make a mess of this like he has everything else. the time to act in syria was two years ago.
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    And what action should have been taken two years ago? Obviously you disagree with the stand back and gather more information about who is really fighting for who. Two years ago, a genuine uprising began among the civilians, but it was quickly usurped for foreigners looking for another country to take over.

    I have no doubt that a Pres. McCain or Romney would have sent in the bombs and boots, leaving another muslim country destroying its' people thorugh civil war, opening the door for an activist insurgency like the Taliban to become the eventual political leaders. That's what happened in Afghanistan two decades ago. That's what's unfoliding in Iraq. And it appears to be spreading into other countries like Egypt and Libya.

    August 28, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. 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? How are you going to convince Netanyahu to not level Damascus with one of their many nukes? And then what will your course of action be when the rest of the Muslim world goes after Israel in retaliation? Choose wisely, Sir...

    August 28, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. ????

    It seems that the entire Mid East is a powder keg waiting to explode at any second. Too many societies have lived under authoritarian rule with artificial stability for too long. If factions within a country want to destroy each other, there is nothing we can do about it. This what happens when colonial powers a hundred years ago drew lines on a map with no regard for the ethnic composition of the "countries" they created. This is going to be ugly and brutal for a long time.

    August 28, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Syria is a Russian problem. Syria is one of their colonial states. Let them fix it. Have you noticed how quiet they have been over the question of Assad's use of chemical weapons?

    August 28, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. much thunder..little rain

    not one american needs to die..stay out its none of our business

    August 28, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    obama will make a mess of this like he has everything else. the time to act in syria was two years ago. obama just doesn't know how to lead. he honestly believes in the lead from behind bs.
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    Another intellectual Pez dispenser comment.

    August 28, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    After bombing in Libya (to protect Africa's biggest OIL reserve) and drone bombing innocent civilians in other countries and spying and not stopping the terrorist threat (as promised) I think that this next step should put the Obama myth to rest that electing him would bring a new era of peace in the world.

    As a progressive I say "stop the war mentality of this country".

    For those who say "Bush did it too": Making Obama sound like Bush-lite is not really the best argument.

    August 28, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. 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."

    August 28, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Name

    We need to take care of our schools, bridges, roads and our country, we don't need another endless war again, they crying about debt but they started 2 wars that cause more then the food stamps they are crying for, they was not thinking about their kids futures doing george bush time in office

    August 28, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. G

    the middle east the middle east,thats all we hear about since the 1990,s the middle east has been bankrupting and dividing america for a long time .sure there are those that profit and would like to keep the money flowing.but its time to close the door .before it destroys america

    August 28, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    @Scott,

    Hello, I'm probably one of the most leftist people on this site, and I'm not ALL pleased with the Administration on this issue. A phrase I've latched onto from Biden? "Pretty clear". NOT CLEAR ENOUGH. After the UTTER FIASCO that was called the Iraq War, I want 1) documented proof that the Assad regime gassed their own people, and 2) any military coalition to be led by the U.N., not the USA. But such a military operation would be contingent solely after # 1 has been incontrovertibly established.

    Many others on the Left agree with me.

    August 28, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. TONE

    @just saying
    The only person who messed everything up in this country is Bush do you have amnesia or what. Two unpaid for wars, economy over a cliff, and i can go on and on. Reclownlicans never did anything good for this country.

    August 28, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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