September 3rd, 2013
07:14 PM ET
8 months ago

5 things from Senate hearing on Syria

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions for 3 ½ hours on Tuesday at the first congressional hearing on President Barack Obama's request for authorization to launch a military strike against Syria over chemical weapons.

The hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Kerry used to chair, covered a range of issues about the proposed U.S. military response raised by legislators and people across the country. Here are five things we learned from it:

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  1. Kenneth E. Hogge, Sr.

    Dear President Obama,
    Please consider demanding that Syria turn over all of its Chemical and Biological weapons to the United Nations for destruction in Syria by Syria military personnel. Forming a strong diplomatic union across the globe to make this demand softly and threatening to use a great big world united military stick if they do not will save more lives than anyone in Washington D.C. can realize. I was trained on these types of weapons in the military and I can say with all certainty; these weapons cannot safely be degraded or destroyed by missile strikes. In fact to strike a cache of chemical weapons with missiles will guarantee the dispersal of those agents. The Soviet Union agents of destruction Syria possesses likely contain persistent agents that will kill and maim for extended periods of time. Many deaths will be avoided if we can just make them give up their chemical and biological weapons and destroy them.
    Also please stop using the term “Boots on the ground” to describe this nations Soldiers. They are Soldiers by every definition and deserve a hell of a lot more respect than to be spoken of like equipment.
    Kenneth Edward Hogge, Sr.

    September 3, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Susan

    I do not support President Obama on Syria. What about the 100,000 or people we have killed in Iraq.
    We are no better than Syria.

    September 3, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Thomas

    What I learned is it the issue is regarding healthcare , education of jobs the GOP will do nothing. If the issue of the day is regarding war , there all in .

    September 3, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    Add a sixth thing. All congress, and senate seat holders have to disclose their holdings in the corporations that make weapons for war. They might be sending your sons and daughters into harms way, for a massive profit. It's possible.

    September 3, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. vikingwoman

    Wish congress had been this concerned w/minutiae before the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq! I don't want any action, let Syria figure out their own problems, but understand the line drawn in the sand & how this civil war can escalate if it continues unchecked! I do wish we weren't doing the unilateral thing again!!

    September 3, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. The Great Pontificator

    Why is "botched joke" Kerry so determined to go to war? That guys whole life is one big botched joke.

    September 4, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |