Excellent commentary Dan. I agree that careful deliberation is appropriate and
necessary in this difficult situation. Thanks for your thoughts on this
I am a veteran.I have several friend still in the Military.Their comments about this -- "I don't want to be Al
Qaeda's Air Force.""I enlisted to fight and die for MY
country. Not someone else's."I hope Congress and the
American people remember this as they clamor to send "someone else's
kid" into harms way.
What's to deliberate? This is a no-brainer: don't do it!
Who appointed America to be the world's policeman? We owe it to soldiers
past and present not to get into so many wars. These wars cost them, their
lives, their well being, their time with their family. We owe it to them to be
very judicious and the wars we do get into and in the past few decades
we've been getting into wars at the drop of a hat.
There is no conclusive evidence that Assad gas gassed his people. According to
Syrians who are receiving information from their families the rebels and AlQaeda
are the ones creating all this chaos. Seems that Assad has the support of the
religious leaders in the area. We don't have business interfering with
Syria. The other countries in Europe are not supporting any attempt to help in
the region. Why us? Why now? How can we think that secretary Kerry is telling
the truth or even Mr. Obama? Our soldiers should not be sent to fight wars that
is not in our interest. The people in the middle East are so used to use their
own people and children to fight their wars. The American people don't
want to support this war period. Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama should listen to Mr.
Putin. He is looking more serious and presidential and leader at this point.
If we can not afford to take care of our less fortunate citizens in the United
States why are we borrowing money from China to become the policeman of the
world?I would like to see the draft reinstated and I feel that would
lessen some of the desire of our politicians to send our troops to inforce our
policies in the world.It is always easier to send other peoples
children to war than your own.I wonder if any of our Congressman and
Congresswomen have sons or daughters in the military with the rank of Sargent or
WHY is Deseret News publishing so many pieces by Dan Liljenquist?WHY?
I agree with Dan. However, I question his sincerity.Would he have these same feelings if Mitt Romney were President?Would all these repubs who have been haws for years and years, suddenly be the
same doves we see today had Romney won the election?For years,
I've seen the repubs cheer wars. They have demanded more US intervention in
the mid-east. Yet, now suddenly they don't? I don't recall
repubs asking for isolationism under Libya or Egypt. I don't remember
repubs supporting increased sanctions against Iran. It was all war all the
time.Now... Suddenly... Military force isn't supported? Now,
suddenly, sanctions are the answer? If the repubs have learned from
disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan, then great. Unfortunately, I have a hunch
that they're merely playing politics as usual. Had Romney won, we'd
already be in Syria and Iran. These same folks, like Dan, calling for caution
would be calling for action. Those calling for action would be demeaned and
mocked. Just like so many of us were by the GOP when their President invaded
Let's not forget the fantastic string of lies, propounded by the very top
of the U.S. government - Bush and Cheney, which lured us into Iraq. Many of the
same interests which led us there are likely at work to get us into Syria. I
agree with the writer. Let's beware.
@The Real MaverickOrem, UT========= 1,000%
agree.best comment of the day!Thanks Mav.
Why should we send our present warriors into harms way to pull a Pretender in
Chief out of the corner he has painted himself into with I might add red paint
all over his shoes? But he never did it according to him. Talk about living in
denial. He is the queen of denial.
Where was Dan's desire to wait and see on Iraq? When it's a repub who
wants to drop bombs then its fine.
In the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin said invading Iran "would be a good
idea". Many, many republicans shared her view. Why is there suddenly
conservative pseudo concern?I agree with The Real Maverick, if Romney had
been elected I'll bet the US would already be involved in Syria and
possibly Iran. All to the cheers of republican politicians and supporters alike.
As much as we owe to our fallen military, we need to think about what we owe
those who are still living. Let's let them come home.
Let's let these families be families for awhile. I wish we
could help the world; but we need to get well at home first.
I am amused to see some here hop on the bandwagon of "if Romney". You
didn't support him so how are you experts on what he would have done? Some
have accused "the Republicans" as though all Republicans have the exact
same opinions. If that is the case, do all Democrats sexually harass their
employees, like the Democratic mayor in San Diego? Of course not. Not every
member of every political party believes the way they seem to be accused by
those who have an agenda to further by doing so.I am surprised that
Secretary Kerry is so eager to enter a limited conflict, much like the one he
served in and condemned so many years ago. War is so terrible that it must be
the last resort, because once unleashed it is all or nothing. Limited conflicts
don't work, they don't achieve anything except waste and impotence.
It's all or nothing, and this one isn't worth the all.
What we owed our serviceman was to not start the idiotic invasion of Iraq. But
that ship has sailed. To compare what Obama wants to do now to that disaster is
silly. There is no invasion coming here. And there are ACTUAL WMD's being