Obama must do something tangible for Syria
February 8th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Obama must do something tangible for Syria

Editor’s Note: Danielle Pletka is the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington, DC. Before joining AEI, she served for ten years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Danielle Pletka.

By Danielle Pletka – Special to CNN

Obama administration officials have labeled the United Nations’ failure to act on Syria as “outrageous” and a “travesty”.  But that’s about all they’ve done about Syrian dictator Basher el Assad’s wanton murder of thousands of innocent Syrians.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the failure of last weekend’s weak Security Council resolution, more than 400 Syrians were killed in ruthless assaults.  They had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.  Syrian opposition leaders have begged the international community to act, to do more than convene in contact groups and make rounds on the diplomatic circuit.  But their begging has fallen on deaf ears.

Why care about Syria?

Let’s again rehearse the simple reasons:

– Syria is the soft underbelly of Iran, Tehran’s most important ally, conduit for arms and cash to terrorists.

– Syria has been home to and sponsor of terrorists that have killed American soldiers and non-combatants in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Israel, in the West Bank and more.

– Syria was likely behind the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, an act for which it has paid no price

– Syria has been the godfather to Iran’s terrorist creature, Hezbollah, which has degraded and exploited the Lebanese state (among many other sins).

-Syria’s despotic government has murdered thousands of its own people and will continue to do so until Bashar al-Assad has secured once again his dominion over the Syrian people.

A unique confluence of American moral purpose and America’s strategic interest argue for intervention in Syria. It’s time to do something tangible.

It’s time to start arming the Free Syrian Army, convening the disparate factions of the Syrian opposition and coaching them toward an interim government. It’s time to create safe zones along the border with Turkey and humanitarian corridors to get there.  It’s time to protect those corridors from the air with a limited no-fly zone and establish safe cities.  And it’s time to do all that without benefit of a Security Council resolution, because let’s admit it, the Security Council’s moral authority is nil with Russia and China in permanent seats.

It’s time to begin to work with Turkey and coax the Islamist Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan into a position as moral leader in his region.   He may be taking Turkey down a dangerous path, but at the moment, he’s willing to do the right thing on Syria.  Let’s double down on that.

It’s in the U.S. interest; it’s also in Israel’s interest, and worth their while to arrange themselves on the side of Turkey and the Arab League against the loathsome al-Assad.  That doesn’t mean coming out publicly and intervening in Arab affairs, but it does mean beginning to have quiet talks behind the scenes with interested parties.  Indeed, it is fascinating that Israel, which has found itself in weird concert with the Arabs on Libya, Iran and Syria, has failed to exploit that position to improve its regional relations in any way.  One might almost think Israel an indifferent observer to ouster of al-Assad, a sworn enemy.

Syria will have a post-Assad future.  That future could be in the hands of Qatari backed Salafis, Saudi-backed Islamists, or the Western world could have a say.  Sitting on the sidelines will ensure that we have as little as possible.

Here is what President Barack Obama said about Libya in May of last year:

“To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and – more profoundly – our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."

How does Syria not meet that standard?  For shame on Obama for his hypocrisy, his indifference, and his abdication of American moral and strategic leadership.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of Danielle Pletka.

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  1. George Patton

    What Obama needs to do is to keep this country out of Syria's civil war where it has absolutely no business! Moreover, he has no business making demands for any kind of "regime change" in Syria. On the other hand, some country like Germany or Russia needs to get the Assad regime and the so-called "rebels" together to try to settle the current unrest there.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • duckforcover

      Way to go George! We are tired of being called on to save the world and then being shot in the back.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
      • NMF

        Wow, you guys get it. I believe it's mostly Sunnies. One minutes you're helping Arabs/Muslims, another minute they start cursing the USA.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Thirteen months ago advocates of the "Responsibility to Protect (R2P) trumpeted these three words to justify the imposition of the No-Fly-Zone over Libya, which ultimately led to the fall of Gaddafi's regime. Why doesn't it resonate in the same ears when it comes to Syria? It just shows that inconsistency in politics doesn’t necessary have to be seen as an erratic behaviour but a choice of pragmatic realism.

        February 9, 2012 at 4:16 am |
      • norm

        NO, Obama needs to do SOMETHING NOW!
        WHY? Because he is the leader of our democracy and DEMOCRACY helps the downtrowden and less
        fortunate and STOPS MASSACRES. Remember Hitler and Poland, no one wanted to do anything not
        Chamberlain and his british citizesn.. we all know what happened next.....WW2....


        February 9, 2012 at 10:03 am |
      • Carl

        Yes, we must not forget that these are the same people who burned our flag and danced in the streets on September 11th.

        February 9, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • norm

        WHAT , WHO IS AMERICA? WE CARE about freedom, democracy and government for the people , by the
        people and other countries who strive for same values.... we are NOT AMERICA if we DONT CARE.!!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • norm

        DONT FOREGET!!! recalll... , the american civil war in 1863,. it was won by the abolition of slavery, masscres of blacks
        and lynching.... the same is happening in Syria except children and whole families are dying.

        HOW IT WAS CREATED OR FOUNDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • EG


        February 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • base1

        Libya has oil, Syria does not. There's your answer.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • norm

        ok, SO WE dont help the syrians avoid a massacre by despot assad... so all oppotion in syria gets
        massacred. then Russia comes in as an ally to Syria's assad, then knowing that usa and canada dont care.
        assad, russia and china go to yemen, saudi arabia, egypt knowing we dont care... then iran gets their nukes,
        then they close the strait of hormuz, then war betweeen usa and iran starts with russia , china and syria
        in the mix......then ww3......


        ....HINDSIGHT IS A ...B.I T C H.....NOW IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO WW3...............!!!!!!!!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • Ben10

        Norm, you think because you type in all caps you are making the best point in the room. Not true.You say "WHY? Because he is the leader of our democracy and DEMOCRACY helps the downtrowden and less"... no, Democracy has never helped the down trodden or poor, it cant even do that in the United States. Democracy is simply how we elect our officials. These same officials are keeping us out of a WW3 by choosing to listen to the demands of Russia and China. But yea just keep typing in all caps people will listen to you more

        February 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Bill T

        Why help someone when they will just turn around and spit on us when it's all finished

        February 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • William

        Hey guys let me tell you something and is you are wrong, those people burning the american flag is only a little bunch of bad guys that form part of their governments, most of the people admire the freedom we enjoy and the deserve live free, this Assad in power is the continuation of his father regimen and is willing to kill everybody in order to keep the control, we together with the international community must act and help those people get rid of this dictator and for those who think the USA only move the army to get the oil benefit, tell me something where is the free oil we are suppose to be getting from Iraq.The freedom principle this nation was built up is what move us ,nothing else.

        February 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • Allenwoll

        Kitty Genovese.

        February 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
      • Steve

        Yes Norm, we should stand aside. This is not our responsibility. Obama needs to do something? WHAT ABOUT YOU??! How much are you willing to have your taxes increased to pay for these interventions you advocate? How many family members are you willing to have die or be permanently disabled in military service? Are you willing to do yourself? Presidents do nothing but spend your money and soldiers' lives.

        February 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
      • Mark

        Norm, why are you typing in caps, you are frothing about like the village idiot. And even if we "win", whatever we might conveniently define as victory this week, how many casualties are you willing to accept? Analysts have argued that number could far exceed even Vietnam – so the question becomes, win – but at what price.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:32 am |
      • jkimo75

        I agree, every country needs to have its Civil war. The problem with the US is we want everyone to be the way we are but as you know that is not going to happen. We need to stay out of it. In Africa they have been killing people for years and we have not done anything about it. let nature take its course. Look at Iraq and Egypt, we helped and the countries are falling apart.

        February 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • me138

        hay norm America is not a democracy and syria is not our problem. you wanna help them by all means go there and help them.

        February 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
      • soga

        duckforcover is absolutely right. Too many Americans are being shot in the back. It is a pity innocent lives are being slain in Syria but sorry no American soldier should have his blood spilled.

        February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • August Washington

      Exactly. Maybe Israel will help them.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • norm

        who IS AMERCA, WE CARE about freedom, democracy and government for the people , by the
        people and other countries who strive for same values.... we are NOT AMERICA if we DONT CARE.!!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Rich

        @ Norm: I care about freedom – I could care spit about democracy. How we select our leaders is less important than that they be capable and with OUR interests at heart. Our democratic system has produced a class of leaders that most assuredly does NOT have our interests at heart – they see us as a resource to be exploited.

        You are attributing your own worldview and superimposing it on the Syrians. They are not trying to achieve freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (which I assume you meant life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). THERE CAN BE NO FREEDOM IN ISLAM. If the Sunni majority wins, they'll "elect" to wipe out Christians, Shia, and Alawite minorities.

        This is not our problem – not our fight.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • norm

        I do respect your view, , However, if we cant protect the innocent anywhere in the world, then we cant
        call ourselves americans or people who view democracy as sacred...IF we do not fight for these values
        whether they be in France,
        Vietnam or Syria , then we will have to fight sooner or later....better sooner than later with nuclear threats...

        February 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • Hook

        Norm, in that case what about Congo, Rwanda (90's), other "African" countries where it is not even a vote at the UN? Too dark to SAVE huh? USA stay out of this as well

        February 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Rich

        @ Norm: "if we cant protect the innocent anywhere in the world"? In all seriousness, WE CAN'T protect the innocent EVERYWHERE in the world. We must pick our battles and fight them when/where we have an interest. We have no interest in Syria.

        February 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Steve

        @norm: You are a hysterical fool.

        February 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
      • Mark

        @Norm, how about head to head with Russia? China maybe? after all they have had their share of atrocities, do you know why we do not see either of them jumping into one war after another? You mention nothing of the Arab League, or the UN or NATO, why only us? I suggest you undo the flag you have veiled over your eyes, and start to think more rationally.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:37 am |
      • jkimo75

        Its not our business!!!

        February 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • sdr

      way to go George the Patton!!

      US should not get involved and instead use the taxpayer funds for US citizens instead of worrying about Arabs. What if Basher assad goes then we get a democratic Islamists taking over and their agenda is get rid of Israel and US citizens ...mebbe even sponsor terrorism .....never get involved in Arab politics with US taxpayer money......US citizens need their Government to spend on their citizens not some Arabs who always hate US ....everyone hates US but everyone wants to come US and settle in this great country......US should be home to only people who love it not hate it ...and want to make use or it

      February 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • frederick lee

        Let Rrussia and China protect Assad – but for a price. When we go after Iran to take-out their nukes Russia and China will stay out of it. Otherwise it will be WW III

        February 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
      • Mark

        That is the dumbest warmonger statement I've heard yet – so you think we can hit all of them? without consequences? without retaliation? Foolish, utterly foolish.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Joe

      There's a difference between civil war and genocide. Civilians are being murdered daily. We have a responsibility to not let that happen.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
      • Rich

        Provided they are not our citizens; no, we don't.

        February 9, 2012 at 1:09 am |
      • Bbe

        Wrong. We have NO responsibility other than to help OUR OWN CITIZENS. No matter how wrong this is, it is not our concern, and should remain that way. Economic sanctions, political condemnation – those have limited effect but do not cost American taxpayer lives or money.

        February 9, 2012 at 8:18 am |
      • norm

        agree 100% NO, Obama needs to do SOMETHING NOW!
        WHY? Because he is the leader of our democracy and DEMOCRACY helps the downtrowden and less
        fortunate and STOPS MASSACRES. Remember Hitler and Poland, no one wanted to do anything not
        Chamberlain and his british citizesn.. we all know what happened next.....WW2....


        February 9, 2012 at 10:05 am |
      • norm

        WHY? Because he is the leader of our democracy and DEMOCRACY helps the downtrowden and less
        fortunate and STOPS MASSACRES. Remember Hitler and Poland, no one wanted to do anything not
        Chamberlain and his british citizesn.. we all know what happened next.....WW2....


        February 9, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • Andrey

        Yes, Joe, there is bloody difference! And you are obviously ignorant of what this difference is! So why would not you do a service to yourself and people around and would not look it up in Wikipedia? Here, specially for you in siple terms: Genocide – Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopediasimple.wikipedia.org/wiki/GenocideCached
        Genocide is the crime of killing many people who are all part of one ethnic group, religious group, or some sort of similar group, and trying to destroy that group.

        Where do you see the Genocide in Syria? So far even CNN could find nothing to report on actual Genocide. All it does it talks about armed rebels attacking government military and police and those retaliating. Or opposite. And with civil collateral damage and all: it is more like civil war, is it? Do you want me to look up the definition of a civil war for you?

        February 9, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • JOH

        Andrey clearly you know vocabulary but do you know current events? Syrian brutal crackdown on its own citizens started before the Libyan intervention. At first it was a protest. Assad sent the military forces/police forces to a district where he assumed was where the majority of the protesters came from. And just started shooting down everyone that came across their path. There ARE worse cases of genocide and this is still in its early stages... but with Russia and China backing them, even specifically Iran, there's no way it's NOT a genocide.

        How is it not a genocide? You put the definition up yourself. Group of people being killed for no good reason. They didn't commit a crime. It goes further than just civilians being caught in a crossfire between the military and the rebel group. The opposition came AFTER military personnel defected when they witnessed countless civilians being killed off the streets like how Kings used to send royal guards to massacre and wipe out the slums for a poor thief's sins. THAT IS GENOCIDE. I guess you're one of those useless drones this country produces. The ones who can't think for yourself and analyze a situation but will just regurgitate information from wikipedia.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • alan seago

        Joe: WHY do we have a responsibility not to let murder happen in other countries? Unlike you, I don't think the U.S. has any responsibility whatever to prevent adverse events, even mass murder, in other countries. There are situations when the U.S. may choose to intervene, but that is an option we choose (usually unwisely), not a responsibility we have. There's a difference.

        February 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • Tim in Minneapolis

        IFor those who do NOT want the USA to help the people of Syria, you need to ask yourself a simple question... IF you had been the US president in 1938, would you have come to the help of the 6 million Jews in Europe when the Holocost began OR waited until 1945 when the camps were closed ??? History DOES repeat itself and we as American need to ask ourselves how important our VALUES are.

        February 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • AAAAcccc

        How do you propose we help? We are deeply in debt. We are dealing with lack of health care, people starving at home, losing their homes, unemployed. They just don't make good news.
        And how to help. Arm the insurgents? Isn't that how Osama Bin Laden started?
        Of course we want to help, but which group should we deny at home?
        The money sunk into a dragged out war could have taken care of our needy. Now we have debt plus more in need.

        And what about the famines in East Africa. Why only help Syria? We physically cannot help,everyone and of course it tears at our consciences.

        The tragic part is, if everyone just I'd something to help all these problems, they would diminish.

        How can we help without making everything worse unless the entire world commits resources ?

        February 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
      • pat carr

        No we don't. we're not the World's Cop. Let's fix this nation first

        February 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
      • Lili

        After Rwanda everyone said never again and yet these people are being slaughtered and the only thing any one does is discuss it. If anyone thinks its not our job to help these people you are no better than a person walking by someone being stabbed or attacked and doing nothing. Hopefully you will never be in need of help and the person walking by says oh well not my problem.

        February 10, 2012 at 1:13 am |
      • mdutti

        America murdered hundreds of thousand of innocent people in Iraq and still continue to kill and maim thousands of innocent and defenseless women and children thru its occupation of Afghanistan and the use of assassination drones in Pakistan and else where.What is the world saying about this?

        February 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • mosinnagant

      This is all deswigned to lead us towards war with Iran and from there WWIII. The propaganda from the military industrial complex's mouthpiece the corporate wh*re media is getting absurd. For any of you that want war with Iran or military involvement in Syria I say go down to your local recruiting station and enlist if you believe in war so strongly. The rest of us are sick of sending our families and friends off to die for the military industrial complex.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
      • HA25

        Talking in terms of the "military industrial complex" instead of the US or Democracy or America shows that you are nothing more than an orwellian conspiracy theorist.
        The press motive is money and viewers and without evidence that there is control, there's no way to back up claims of a military industrial complex preparing the populace for a warlike mentality to preserve profit. Stop reading 'Modern Milita' magazine...

        February 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • pat carr

        "there's no way to back up claims of a military industrial complex preparing the populace for a warlike mentality to preserve profit. Stop reading 'Modern Milita' magazine..."

        No way to back it up? Have you had your head in the sand?

        February 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
      • Mark

        While I think the poster might have been on drugs way over his level, HA25 it is YOU that ought to read EISENHOWER that first warned of that military-industrial complex. I dont share the poster's view that they initiate war, but they are opportunists – and we have the two wars to show it.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Keith Walker

      Wrong. TO whom much is given much is expected. This nation has to do something about what is going on there. TO allow this leader to kill his own people is not what is expected of us. How many lives will be lost every time we sit by and do nothing. You can best believe that Iran will at this time retaliate against the US and Israel both for the sanctions, as well as for the perceived systematic killing of its scientist by using the Hezbollah and other means of retaliation.

      This is when the chess board must be reset and prepare for any possible move by this axis of evil.

      Post a frigate, destroyer and sub in the strait of Hormuz along with a carrier with stealth bombers with the new bunker busters and a few drones. Then seek permission form Saudi to launch a few drones from their to strike Syria hard. ANy move by Iran or Syria should then be met with a blistering response targeting the regimes in both countries. A signal must be sent to Russia and China.

      Secretar of State Clinton should also use this opportunity to show the Islamic countries in Africa where both China and Russia are doing business to show them what these two countries are doing. She should make a point to appeal to moderate muslims that these countries are condoning the killing of fellow muslims in Syria, and make a point to show what they have done against muslims in their own countries.

      This should also be used to then get these African countries to kick out the Chinese and Russians form their countries and launch a new initiative similar to what was done in Australia and enhanced a renewed Asian initiative. Draw the noose around the neck of Iran during this time and if they make any wrong moves use the stealths to remove the nuke facilities deep in the mountains.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
      • mdm123

        ummmm... exactly who are intending to target with your drone attack? You have a way to distinguish who is who, and have no concern that innocent civilians aren't in harm's way there? The potential for disaster is incredible... not at all a good idea

        February 9, 2012 at 9:50 am |
      • TelH

        And exactly how would doing all of that stop the Syrian regime from killing its own people? Assad has 400,000 boots on the ground. Doing a stealth bomber flyover and parking even a carrier group in Hormuz is going to do exactly nothing to stop him. The only thing that's going to do that is an opposing army. The Syrian military opposition is nowhere near as organized as Libya's was, so we'll have no help from that quarter. That means ... a lengthy occupation. Against an Arab dictator's fractious country. That borders on Iran. That will attract tons of terrorists sponsored by Iran. With Iran and the Saudis being the prime beneficiaries of the whole mess. With us holding the bag and paying the bills. Again. I think I'll take a pass on being the sucker this time.

        February 9, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • alan s

        Keith: You have an optimistic view of what American saber-rattling can achieve.

        February 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • Mark

        Te is quite correct, I hope that number sinks in for the warmongers. 400,000 friggin boots on the ground, and these are not "dumb camel jockeys". They have some of the densest air defense shields anywhere, whose going to fly through that, you? Occupy Syria ? prepare to put 1M boots on the ground for a decade.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Belinda

      I totally agree, We have lost to many lives dipping in other countries affairs. I understand why our president said what he said when he said it, However, at this point we have our own private battles/ wars we have to bring to a resolve.
      we not only have a smart president but a GREAT PRESIDENT.

      February 9, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
    • sameeker

      Why doesn't the Arab league step up and deal with this? They will be the first ones to complain if America intervenes. Saudi Arabia needs to USE all of that military hardware that we have been selling them and quit relying on us to fix all of their problems.

      February 9, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • David M

      Right on, George! It's the United Nation's responsibilities, not the USA. If the UN didn't do anything then so be it thanks to Russia and China's vetos. As a law-abiding American, we want a full protection from our government, not appeasing to enemies. Why throwing our tax $$$$ to other countries even they despise and loath us.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • norm

      DECIMATED AND MASSACRED BY SYRIAN BOMBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        Quite wrong, norm. Not only have we no business in Syria but have the moral obligation to stay out of it altogether. Neither Barack Obama nor Hilary Clinton have the moral authority to judge Bashar al-Assad, let alone trying to take him out!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Carlina

        I agree with you 100% Norm. It is our responsibility as HUMAN BEINGS to save the lives of the terrified babies, children, women and men, grandparents and families who are being slaughtered. It really is so sad that most of the people who are commenting – are doing so with justifications of money?! and "tax payers dollar"?! I truly feel sad for your hearts and for those of your families. Were the tables turned – as no doubt one day they may – you yourselves, will be posting videos on youtube and begging for someone to come in and save your children if no one else. And God willing – there will be someone out there who has compassion and mercy in their hearts.. If there are too many people who take your position, then you and your family will wait to die just like these people now.I do NOT believe for a second that you seriously believe you are above anyone else on this planet – bc it is in that very moment that you are beneath all of us.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • notinmybackyard

        What a great idea!! . . . if Russia and China get in the way, we'll just blow them up too. Why hasn't President Obama thought of that? . . . World War Three would be a small price to pay over a tiny, ruthless, oil-less, thankless piece of dirt called Syria.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • HA25

        Each of us, George, has the moral imperative to provide for the continuation of our family, our region, country, people and planet. Would you argue that our neighboring town could tear itself to pieces and we would do nothing? The line of town or country is man-made and artificial. They are only good so long as they can be defended and supported by the people. If there is someone like al-Assad who clearly represents a threat to our survival and advancement then we have the moral authority. This is why we create police and military forces beholden to the voting public.

        Your line of thinking has a word – isolationism. And it's never benefitted the US in the long run.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • pat carr

        "It really is so sad that most of the people who are commenting – are doing so with justifications of money?! and "tax payers dollar"?! I truly feel sad for your hearts and for those of your families. "

        Then go enlist and put your money where your mouth is. what the hell do you not understand about this nation being BROKE

        February 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
      • Mark

        Norm, you are really becoming unhinged, have you had a cat scan. Serious? China and Russia, is their any countries you DONT want to bomb? How bout Belgium – they're chocolate is a little bitter.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • norm

      what is AMERCA made OF, WE CARE about freedom, democracy and government for the people , by the
      people and other countries who strive for same values.... we are NOT AMERICA if we DONT CARE.!!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Dover

        Norm, by the way you write, I think you spit when you talk.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • dnice

        Norm this world has always had conflict of this nature and much worse in Africa. If the UN won't do anything why should we. We are hated around the world for enforcing our values on people we don't understand. It's time we have leadership that protects the United States and stops losing American lives for people who will turn on us because we don't value their beliefs. We can't help what we dont understand. Let them hate us for our freedom, not because we play big brother when we feel like it. Why aren't the other arab nations doing anything? Shouldn't they be the first to respond? So much for brotherhood in war. We need to stay out of it. It's just that simple

        February 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
      • Devonshire

        Norm, unless you have read one of the rebels posts here, you are clueless. He calls President Obama a liar. They are interested in installing the Muslim brotherhood.. The Muslim brotherhood considers Americans infidels. They will come back and kill us later....just like Egypt,just like Libya...the rebels are not are allies they are our enemies.

        February 10, 2012 at 4:51 am |
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        @Norm, you sound like a crazy nut yourself with your rants. Haven't you learned the cost silly wars and trying to take down a leader of country simply ‘cos you disagree with their policies? If Pres. Obama decides to go in you will be first to complain of your stupid Tax $$$'s going to waste. Not only that, you would be calling him a secrete terrorist muslim in the White House forgetting that NO muslim would like to have their children in this case daughters baptized to the Christian Faith and in a Christian Church. Also, you will falsely accuse him of everything under the sun coupled with your deceitful arguments that your Taxes have gone up under Pres. Obama when know deep in your soul that's a complete LIE and FALSE. Pres. Obama took down the most TERRORIST on the planet in recorded human history and what did he get in return? NOTHING!

        Just weeks ago some EVIL jew(s) publicly wanted Pres. Obama assassinated; we didn't read any post(s) or comment(s) from you condemning such evil actions by evil jews in American. Were the heck were you?

        February 10, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • norm

      REMEMBER , the american civil war in 1863,. it was won by the abolition of slavery, masscres of blacks
      and lynching.... the same is happening in Syria except children and whole families are dying.

      HOW IT WAS CREATED OR FOUNDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Devonshire

        The Civil war was in America. Syria is not in America. America does not go into Syria.

        February 10, 2012 at 4:46 am |
      • .

        Che is an idiot.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am |
      • mdutti

        America has never been altruistic when it comes to Muslims or the oppressed.America only .intervene when its strategic interest or partner is at risk. For america interest first before value. That's why America is and has always been popular with tyrants and dictators as long as they remain loyal.

        February 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • norm

      NOT AMERICA talking... America became great because we care about other countries...we cared
      about countries who have despots at the helm.. we care about people, dying children, families with
      only freedom, and the pursuit of happiness as we do in america...MARK MY WORDS....AMERICA AS A
      GREAT GUTS??????????????????????????????????????????????????

      February 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • John from Boston

        hey Norm, feel free, go right ahead. I don't feel that this is worth my kid's lives.
        there are approximately 200 nations on the Earth......why doesnt one of the other 199 step up?
        Why is this always OUR problem? how about Russia, China, the Saudis, the Arab League, or all those moderate Muslims we are always hearing about do it? oh yean, one more thing, WE ARE BROKE!!!!

        February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • Rich

        Norm, you really need to try not to let emotion govern your reasoning. I believe you are viewing America through rose-colored glasses. You sound like someone who swallowed the patriotism pill they fed you when they were brainwashing you in the public education system. Get some experience and learn other viewpoints before spouting off that we have some bogus obligation to help people who wouldn't lift a finger if the roles were reversed.

        February 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • Devonshire

        We help them and they turn against us because we are the infidels. SO....why would we help them, when they will come back and spit on us.

        February 10, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • Jacob

      This isn't a civil war, this is a government using vast military sources to bombard local civilians to punish them for proximity to protesting factions. We don't need to do anything other than send cruise missles.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • WakeUpPlze

      I 100% agree with this comment...and further elaborate on it. Why do we continue to think that this country can just waltz in and drop troops and hardware to fight against ANY country because the opposition is requesting help? Aid them with weapons is one thing...but, military intervention is another ball game. Haven't we learned anything from the Iraq war(s) or Afghanistan? The Syrians are NOT going to love us if we help them out, no more than the Iraqi's did (and dont believe the mainstream media telling us that they do). Wake up already. I hate the fact that innocent children are dying over there because of another radical leader. However, isnt ANYONE in this country sickened by the fact that our men and women are dying too in these foreign countries? Are we that numb to the reports of another soldiers death? We are always so quick to say, "Go to war"...yet, those who vote to go to war will not send their own sons or daughters to the battlefield. Its pretty easy to play God when you are not the one in a distant land dying for a cause that has NOTHING to do with the United States. Spend more money on counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, intelligence, etc...not ground wars. The American public has NO MONEY to pay for these ventures anymore, not to mention do not want our sons and daughters to be on the ground in a foreign country either. Its about time we worry about domestic affairs, and worry a lot less about Israel and her enemies...cause when it boils down to it...this is what it is all about. Russia and China will absolutely frown upon intervention, and we then may end up with a conflict with one or both of them. Does our eloquently spoken journalist think we should drop troops in Beijing or Moscow and overthrow their leaders too? The American public needs to speak up...NOW...and not let us go to war, again. Let the opposition fight the battle...let them figure out a way to overcome the odds, like our forefathers did in the 1700's. Sooner or later, one of these wars we get into because we feel we have to be a big brother will come back and haunt us. It may not be with tanks and guns...it may be with a nuclear warhead dropping from the sky on cities in the United States because we bit off more than we can chew.

      February 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • BP2014

      I couldnt agree more. But what about all the suffering now? Should the U.s. do absolutely nothing??

      February 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
      • AAAAcccc

        To those proposing we do something, please elaborate on what.
        bombing means invasion by special forces to find targets. We don't bomb blindly. And even with that civilians get killed.
        Assassination. Yes we have done that. Is that what you think we as a nation should continue to do to cleanly solve problems?
        Arm the insurgents? That was Osama Bin Laden. We armed him. How many died more than the original problem we fixed?
        What solution is there? Why not be mad at China and Russia for arming the Syrian government?
        We need the world to wake up. As long as 2 superpowers help theSyrian govt stay forcibly in power, there is not a whole lot we can really do.
        Do you know how many civilians died from our help in Iraq?
        Where has our intervention really helped without the help of a multinational response?

        February 10, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Ashley Locke

      How can you live in America and be so narrow-minded? We've intervened in conflicts before that were NOT our business. We reamined silent when the Holocaust was occuring and again, we choose to remain silent. It would be very ironic if Syria got on their feet and we, Americans, were placed in a position similar to theirs.

      February 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • wesb2lit

      Really? I have a Bosnian-Muslim girlfriend who's entire family is grateful that we stepped in and stopped the Bosnian war. You think all the children missing body parts and their families think we should just stand aside and observe? It's easy to say "Just stay out of it, we already have it good here. They'll just be ungrateful anyway." How privileged we are to live amongst cowards like you who just sit back and hope for the best.

      February 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • Rich

        Stupidity is not bravery, and declining to help is not cowardice – it is picking one's battles. This is not our fight, though I have no doubt almost as many will blame us for inaction as they would for action. That's just the Middle Eastern mindset – don't blame the killers (Muslims killing Muslims), blame Israel and the US who have nothing to do with the situation.

        However, we SHOULD come out and announce that no help will be forthcoming for Syria, from us. Then the opposition can stop hoping for US intervention, and can deal with the situation based on reality. Because hope is not a plan.

        February 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
      • AAAAcccc

        The UN stepped in to Bosnia

        February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Larry Moniz

      I'm a U.S. Army vet and I'm frankly sick of seeing our military men and women dying because some group in another country revolted, then cried "where's the U.S.?" After we pour billions into the country, the revolutionists take over and declare themselves hostile to the U.S. Meantime we've lost thousands of personnel and gone into hock for them. If Danielle thinks we should be intervening, let her and her family, including kids, head to Syria.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      Danielle can send her kid to save Syria, when is dthe Arab world going take responsibility for their situation, which Allah should show up, no more American's dead for this, it's an Arab community of nations that needs a kick in the .....
      Not our sons and daughters, sorry, it get personal then

      February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Serge Prévost

      Indeed you are right, the current wars (Afgan & Irak) are showing that heavy weaponery can fail in civil wars and inner cities wars without gaining much support from the locals plus the "bounty" is no longer there. Two questions: 1) What do you with a country having 22% of its budget in heavy weaponery ? 2) How can Russia and China support Assad ?

      February 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Sassan

      People like you are the propagators of evil. It is time to get rid of the brutal Assad for the sake of humanity and global security. Once Assad is gone, the Mullahs will fall next. Enough is enough of the brutal terror and genocide being inflicted upon the Syrian people who simply want to live in freedom from the terror of Assad.

      February 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • will

      I would agree to help Syria just as soon as all those right wing conservatives pleading for another war have all their eligible 18 year old children signup for the military and lead the military into Syria. Once they start losing their children they will lose their taste for being world cops.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      @norm: Note the key point from your post about 1863: AMERICAN Civil War, not Syrian. We have no obligation to police the world.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • Bob Ramos

      Unless we stand by and let millions be killed, what we have to do immediately is to convene NATO. Lay down that ultimatum that unless NATO intervenes immediately, we pull out. NATO's role would be to declare a no fly zone; target every location that houses an artillery(?) location and then warn that even the government is not safe if it does not call off its military. Assad would fall within a week.

      February 10, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
    • Allan

      It is so sad what is going on over there. . . For the love of God, DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE PEOPLE!!

      February 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Allan

      People who are saying this is not our fight and we shouldn't get involved are very shallow people with no heart. They obviously are the type of people who would walk by a gang of bullies picking on a weak kid and pretend they saw nothing. Is that what America has become? (pretend to see nothing and do nothing)

      World leaders need to do something and they need to do it now or the innocent blood of women and children is on their hands too.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • zak

      Good thinking! All good Americans should think wisely to protect this great country from being robbed by the capitalist Arm dealers and who care less about our citizens. The tax money should be spent on Americans who lost their homes, Healthcare, Jobs and Families. What the H… did we get from going into Iraq????? And what the H… are we gaining from being in Afghanistan ???. The real problems are here not abroad. !!!!!!

      February 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • qq

      Agreed. We do NOT need to dragged into the SYRIAN QUAGMIRE. We do not need another war. We need to help some poor, pay off some debts, and stay out of the eastern hemisphere's mess. Open our history books, read up on the Monroe Doctrine, and abide by it.

      February 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • The Truth

      Awww yes just listen to that good old tune called war propaganda it's so soothing to the ears. Listen close and you will be able to hear the soothing sounds of nature.

      February 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • White American

      Syria is about Mossad and US snipers killing innocent civilians. It is a foreign funded civil war. The Billions of US tax money which disappeared in the bailouts, is now appearing, as funding these Libyan, Egypt, Syrian "rebellions". Everybody knows this. Get some Israeli Jews and say "want to go kill some Arabs", come with us to Syria, we'll set you up on rooftops, we'll organize the Facebook "gatherings", you just shoot them.

      February 12, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
    • Jacqueline

      Bravo George, you are the only one with some sense. Leave the Syrans handle their own crisis. No foreign intervention of any sort will stop the killing very quickly, because the only solution left for them is to talk and iron their differences peacefully.

      February 12, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Leave The US out of this one.

      Why should the US get involved? Just send aid and let the UN handle the on ground part of it. The US can ill afford another "Intervention", the Syrians and other ME countries will more than likely turn on our troops in a few months anyway.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • sobala

      Obama plz dont help Syria bcz they don't have minerals & a los project for you! rather than think to help oil richIran plz.

      February 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • Shorty

      Kill them all. Syria hated the jews before all this started in their country, Syria hated the USA , For all I care they can just
      kill each other who cares

      February 14, 2012 at 5:40 am | Reply
  2. JAL

    What does the Arab League recommend we do? We should be happy to oblige.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • NMF

      Maybe, but only limited involvement. Unless they pay a heavy price they won't understand that totalitarian governments don't work. Sorry it has to be this way.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        Don't instructions form some islamic mullahs, unless you want them to control your household and impose upon you that your daughter(s) have NO BIRTH RIGHT to be educated in their primitive crazy society other than submissive to impotent men gowns.

        February 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Cheetahe

      We will this time let them handle their own issues.
      Obama in an election year will not get involved in any war, and I mean in no war if he wants to be a candidate of the Democratic Party.
      For your info , we the citizens of this great country are sick and tired of wasting our hard earned dollars on some meaningless police actions and tribal wars.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        You couldn't have SAID it better!
        You made all Americans proud by your post or comments.
        It's time for the World to tell these muslims to learn to grow up and take responsibility. I ain't sending my son to fight in any silly war and on behalf of muslims. NEVER!

        February 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • KJW

      A leader knows the answer to the question he asks before he asks it. The question is merely a measure of feeling out where the audience is on the question.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Hey, the President of United States of America, Pres. Obama does NOT take his instructions from some crazy Arab League of impotent men in gowns.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply

    why Obama and CNN news are wrong

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    February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Is swine crazy lunatic, idiots like you that the World should be weary and afraid of. You sound as crazy and evil as the man in your psycho mind you want the US to overthrow whilst you cowardly hide in your impotent muslim gown. Swine, we didn't hear you whine of some blood on your hands when your muslim brotherhood brothers kidnapped and killed America and Int'l Aid workers? Take your psycho Meds. your doctor prescribed for you and go to sleep. Hey you can hang yourself if you want to. The World will be a better place without you.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • S.V.P.YADAV

      10,000 Syrien ignorent people killed by U S tactics.U N is the messenger for U S. In my verdict U S is becoming dictator for democracy World.Please do the peaceful way with out U S enterfear in Syrian crices.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  6. ......10,000 TO DATE KILLED BY SYRIA

    ..............GEORGE PATTON U R WRONG

    February 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • American Muslim

      Excellentg point! The USA is a great country, because it was born out of greatness.... A greatness to say no to a dictator.... And that's what the people of the arabm african and asian world are doing.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      Please don't try to compare Syria with the Hitler regime! Not even a comparison there. We got involved with that war because Hitler wanted to take over Europe, but I'm not seeing Syria trying to take over the European continent at this time.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  7. alshiie3a mojrmeen

    لن تتحول سوريا إلى كوريا شمالية أخرى
    لأننا نحن الثوار عقدنا العزم على اجتثاث الطاغية وطغيانه. قد يستطيع الروس مده بالمال والسلاح لتأخير سقوطه المدوي. لكنهم لن يستطيعوا أن ينقذوه من هذا السقوط الذي يقترب مع كل مجزرة يرتكبها في سوريا.

    درعا مهد الثورة السورية 18 03 2011
    كم أنتم كاذبون. من أردوغان الى أوباما. أولم يقل أردوغان أنه لن يسمح بحمامات دم في سورية. أين هو الأن أم أنه رضخ للأمر الواقع ومصالحه الضيقة. لا شيئ يمكن أن يبرر السكوت عن حمامات الدم في سورية. نحن نقتل على يد عصابة لا تعرف ربا ولا ينا ولا انسانية وأنتم تلعبون على الوقت صعودا وهبوطا. نحن ما عدنا نريد تدخلا ولا قرارات ولا مؤتمرات من يريد المساعدة فليعطنا سلاحا ندافع به عن أنفسنا لأننا قد حسمنا أمرنا.

    الغرب وسوء نيته
    من ردود الفعل الغاضبة والمقهورة من الغرب وامريكا بعد الفيتو المزدوج ان الغرب كان ينوي التدخل العسكري تحت غظاء قانوني بقرار من مجلس الامن. وطبعا الفيتوافسد عليهم خططهم ولذلك هم يلطمون ليل نهار ويذرفون دموع التماسيح على الشعب السوري وحريته وديمقراطيته وحتى دمائه التي سفكها الارهاب.يقول الغرب انه قدم تنازلات وتطمينات لروسيا بعدم التدخل العسكري ولكن في القرار ثقرات خطيرةبها يمكن استخدام القوة ولذلك اصرت روسيا باضافة فقرات تمنع القوة وهم رفضوا وطرحوا القرار للتصويت ظنا ان روسيا ستتراجع في اخر لحظة

    شكراً قطر و شكراً للشيخ حمد.. شكراً من القلب من معظم الشعب السوري. و لكننا ننتظر منك و من جميع الاخوة العرب و المسلمين اكثر من ذلك. الشعب السوري يقتل بدم بارد من قبل النظام ، نحن نريد مناطق عازلة و دعما ماديا و طبياً ، و الشعب السوري لن ينسى لكم ذلك و سيكون ديناً في اعناقنا .. و اما نظام الاسد فهو ساقط ساقط بإذن الله

    February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Joe Fattal


      February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • Rich

        According to Google translation, it says:

        Syria will not turn into another North Korea
        For we are the rebels are determined to root out the tyrant and tyranny. May be able to Russians for money and weapons to delay the fall resounding. But they will not be able to Enqdhuh of approaching this fall with every massacre committed in Syria.

        Shield the cradle of the Syrian Revolution 18 032 011
        How much you are liars. From Erdogan to Obama. Do they not say that Erdogan will not allow the blood baths in Syria. Where is it now or is it bowed to the inevitable and narrow interests. Nothing can justify silence on the bloodshed in Syria. We kill by a gang do not know the Lord nor yen nor humane and on the time you are playing up and down. We are what we promised not want interference from the decisions of conferences and wants to help him defend Vlietna weapon for ourselves because we have settled the matter of ours.

        West and ill-intention
        Of angry reactions and oppressed from the West and America after the double veto that the West was planning military intervention under Gzae legal decision of the Security Council. And, of course Alvioavsd them their plans and so they are beating our day and night and shed crocodile tears on the Syrian people, freedom and democracy and so severely injured that Svkha terrorism. West says he made concessions and assurances to Russia not to interfere with the military, but in the resolution Thagrat Khtirahibha can use force and that Russia insisted the addition of a provision that prohibits force and they refused to and put forward the resolution to a vote, thinking that Russia would fall at the last moment

        Thank you and thank Qatar Sheikh Hamad .. Thank you from the heart of most of the Syrian people. But we are waiting for you and all the brothers of Arabs and Muslims more than that. The Syrian people are killed in cold blood by the system, we want to buffer zones and material support and medically, and the Syrian people will never forget that and you will have in our heads .. And The Assad regime is fallen fallen, God willing,

        February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Joe

      I know, I think Kim is the most overrated Kardashian too.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      This is America! We write in English here not your chicken scratch!

      February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
      • Charlie

        Wrong, Eddie! This is the INTERNET where ALL people have access. What a small and narrow-minded world you live in.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
      • Stop criticizing

        Quiet you pampered waste.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:43 am |
      • Dover

        Eddie, please stop making Americans look so stupid.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • wesb2lit

        "This is America!! We drink Budweiser and watch NASCAR! None of that ching-chang talkin around here, partner. Where's my cousin?"

        That's what everyone thinks when you say that.

        BTW I'm American.

        February 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Help Them

      I translated what the person said in arabic to english. Here it is:

      Syria will not turn into another North Korea
      For we are the rebels are determined to root out the tyrant and tyranny. May be able to Russians for money and weapons to delay the fall resounding. But they will not be able to Enqdhuh of approaching this fall with every massacre committed in Syria.

      Shield the cradle of the Syrian Revolution 18 032 011
      How much you are liars. From Erdogan to Obama. Do they not say that Erdogan will not allow the blood baths in Syria. Where is it now or is it bowed to the inevitable and narrow interests. Nothing can justify silence on the bloodshed in Syria. We kill by a gang do not know the Lord nor yen nor humane and on the time you are playing up and down. We are what we promised not want interference from the decisions of conferences and wants to help him defend Vlietna weapon for ourselves because we have settled the matter of ours.

      West and ill-intention
      Of angry reactions and oppressed from the West and America after the double veto that the West was planning military intervention under Gzae legal decision of the Security Council. And, of course Alvioavsd them their plans and so they are beating our day and night and shed crocodile tears on the Syrian people, freedom and democracy and so severely injured that Svkha terrorism. West says he made concessions and assurances to Russia not to interfere with the military, but in the resolution Thagrat Khtirahibha can use force and that Russia insisted the addition of a provision that prohibits force and they refused to and put forward the resolution to a vote, thinking that Russia would fall at the last moment

      Thank you and thank Qatar Sheikh Hamad .. Thank you from the heart of most of the Syrian people. But we are waiting for you and all the brothers of Arabs and Muslims more than that. The Syrian people are killed in cold blood by the system, we want to buffer zones and material support and medically, and the Syrian people will never forget that and you will have in our heads .. And The Assad regime is fallen fallen, God willing,

      In my opinion, ANYONE who thinks the killings should stop should grow a pair and step in! They need help! We can't just sit around waiting for the entire free syrian army to be destroyed for us to finally move in. Give them weapons! Give them medical attention! Give them HELP! We went in immediately once Gadhafi starting killing Libyans, so why can't we here?!? This is wrong, and Al-Assad is using the excuse "they are terrorists" to save his regime by killing all of them, when they aren't terrorists and are just people fighting for freedom! Isn't that what the United States, India, Libya, and so many other countries did at one point? It's time to take action and help.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • Carnack the great

        Did you use the google translator? Because much of this is nonsense.

        February 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
      • Andres

        Yaba daba dooh? I dont understand. What is he trying to say?

        February 9, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Bismarck

      Now I ask you, who can argue with that?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • Proud American

      Ibbiddy jibbiddy diibidy eh?

      February 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • Proud American

      yipiddy skippidy nippity do.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Carnack the great

      Sim sala bim

      February 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Fartright

      I feel the same way you do about this but you should do a spell check .

      February 9, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
    • ethandy

      There's a typo. Second paragraph, third line.

      February 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy Carter

      أغلق يمارس الجنس مع ما يصل معتوه.

      February 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      What's this nonsense?
      You're asking Americans to use a toothpick to help you plant your garden?
      FACTS UNDISPUTED: your so-called religion of islam enslaves you NOT to DARE learn the language of the outside World so that you can convey your thoughts should the need arises.
      So far it's paying out pretty good for ya! Deal with it and leave Pres. Obama ALONE!
      You feel me? Insha allah (إن شاء الله). ‎

      February 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Devonshire

      It is not up to America to help every time. It is up to the world to help every time. The problem is that every time America gets involved in a revolution the result never comes to be what is expected. You, the rebels, expect help, but what we get is a Muslim brotherhood that scoffs at America, because you believe we are infidels. You call the President a liar. Yet he has helped Egypt and Libya for what result. Why would America help you if you do not respect us or you scoff at us once we have helped you succeed in your revolution and you will come back and spit upon us. Nevermore!
      الامر ليس متروكا لأميركا للمساعدة في كل وقت. والأمر متروك للعالم للمساعدة في كل وقت. المشكلة هي انه في كل مرة تتدخل أمريكا في ثورة النتيجة لا يأتي أبدا أن يكون ما هو متوقع. أنت والمتمردين، ونتوقع مساعدة، ولكن ما نحصل عليه هو جماعة الاخوان المسلمين مسلم أن يسخر من أمريكا، لأنك تعتقد أننا الكفار. استدعاء رئيس كاذب. ومع ذلك فقد ساعد في مصر وليبيا لماذا النتيجة. لماذا أمريكا مساعدتك اذا كنت لا تحترم لنا أو لكم يسخرون منا بعد أن نكون قد ساعد على النجاح في ثورة بك، وسوف نعود ويبصقون علينا. بعد اليوم أبدا!

      February 10, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • zak

      أكل خره يا حمار

      February 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  8. wakeupplease

    I disagree with the article. Although atrocities are being committed it's the responsibility of the Muslim nations to step in, not ours. I wouldn't want my son defending their freedom because ultimately whatever regime will be in Syria they're gonna choose allegiance to Islam over being an ally to the US and our way of life. I wish them well.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Melanie

      Who cares if they choose allegiance to Islam?! That's like saying, if for instance, we here in the US were being tortured and killed and the Muslim nations said, "Eh, let the western countries take care of them, I wouldn't want my son defending them because they will chose allegiance to...(Oh let's say christianity) over being an ally to us Muslims and OUR way of life." You sound like a snobby punk. You don't want to help someone cause their religion and their way of life isn't like YOURS? Get over yourself.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
      • August Washington

        My son is a US Marine. I in no way want him dying for these people. Let Israel help them. Let them ask the Jews for help if it doesn't matter. Help is help. They need to get over themselves, and so do you;)

        February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • SconnieGuz

        Melanie, you should get over yourself, condescending b!tch. Go sign your fat ass up and get your boots on the ground first. Like them muslims care about you..

        February 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
      • American Muslim

        Melanie, that's a great point. And to August Washington, your son is a marine. You are not. He signed up to be the best for his country. SO regardless of what your beliefs, he's serving his COUNTRY. Not a certain agenda.
        And Sconnie, a short reply is all you deserve. Half your words were curses.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
      • Rich

        Problem is, Melanie, I believe the WOULD let us burn. And they'd jump for joy and shout Allahu Akbar all the while. So no – it's their mess, let them fix it.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • skwirrl

        That's exactly what they would say dummy

        February 9, 2012 at 3:38 am |
      • WakeUpPlze

        @Melanie – Do you have children? Do you have any sons and daughters in the military? If you have them, but they are not in the military...GO SIGN THEM UP. Oh, gosh darn...I forgot...OUR MILITARY IS A VOLUNTARY BASED MILITARY. So even your children have a right (until they do a draft) to refuse to go.

        I can assure you...our men and women in uniform did NOT sign up to go to war for someone else's problems. You have a right to feel the way you do...but, those who are dying that wear our uniform have an ABSOLUTE right to refuse! Stop using religion as a soap box to stand on and try to convince us we should go to war again. Let the Muslim nations roll their tanks (with bling from all money we pay them for the oil they sell us) into Syria and force Assad out!

        February 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Jewels

      It's not our responsibility to engage in everything. I feel for them but, we do not need to be part of this.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • jkimo75

      You are absolutly right they will be on the side of Islam over the US so Islam needs to help them!!!

      February 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  9. Bunny

    This is heading towards a armed confrontation. I hope things get resolved peacefully, but if not it wud be best to assassinate the Syrian president and let people take over than have another war.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • John K

      No not get involved here!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Would you like it if someone or your next door neighbor advocates for your assassination simply 'cos you two hate each other or ‘cos I said so? I bet you're one of those so-called Fake American Sunday Christians in drags. You wish death upon someone; therefore the SAME death should come to you FIRST. How does that sound?

      February 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  10. glorydays

    and what has been the result of interference so far?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Idrees

      America helped people of Bosnia and Kosovo and saved them from Serbian slaughter.

      America gave Afghan kids better hospitals, now Afghan girls can go to school.

      America reduced the insurgency in Iraq and topple a bloodthirsty murderer called Saddam Hussein.

      America helped the Libyans overthrow a dictator who ruled over them for 40 years and he was going to wipe out Benghazi.

      America is not a force of evil, it is a force of good.

      Intervening is the right thing to do. Iran will be weakened by this.

      God gave America strength, no one in the world can match it.

      Please do not leave thousands of Syrian children asking for help.

      With great strength comes great responsibility.

      February 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
      • Fartright

        Oh will you knock it off. Our "president" needs to grow a pair. In addition, how can Hillary find the enemy if she cant even find her own husband?

        February 9, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • Hook

        Fartright, someone needs to fart right in your mouth!

        February 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  11. John Patterson

    With China and Russia protecting Syria, we can expect Assad to continue the bloodshed and murder of his own citizens, unless the west is willing to step in.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Link

      Right! And honestly that is the only reason why the US does not want to get involved without the entire UN. We are considered allies of both China and Russia but our relationship with both is and will probably be forever strained. We have too much riding on keeping peace with both Russia and China to intervene with Syria... who's people probably celebrated the attacks on 9/11 as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq yet cry for American help when they can't resolve their own disputes.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Why is the burden ALWAYS on the WEST a.k.a USA? I don't hear the Pope of people speak out?

      February 10, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  12. disgusted

    In answer to this article, it has a lot of misinformation, number one, it has nothing to do with us, it is an internal affair, if we are so concerned about civilians being killed, why are we allowing tens of thousands of Mexicans being killed and nothing gets done. And about the other African countries that killed millions of their own people and we didn't do anything either.

    We are not the world policemen, we made a lot of mistakes getting involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are serious about assisting other countries with military force, reintroduce the draft, so some rich parent's kids will to go to war and not just the poor ones. Let's stop this nonsense in helping the poor Syrians or anybody else, if they want to have a revolution, so be, but, don't ask us to get involved.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • John K

      Thank you for your inside and comparisons!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Fartright

      It's very simple. According to Senator Al Franken , if it's bad for mexico,it's bad for mexicans.

      February 9, 2012 at 4:03 am | Reply
    • Jackie

      The woman who wrote this has no credibility at all.
      I am horrified that CNN is posting her ideas. There is an explanation of who she is at the top but it should be in all red capitals headlined with WARNING.
      She is an extremist. It is good to see she is getting the response she did here.

      February 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  13. Joe Fattal

    Lets remember one thing. If Israel attack Iran which I doubt it, Syria will support Iran . Assad has said that if any foreign intervention he has his missiles aimed at Tel-Aviv and the airport. If Obama does come to the assistance of the Syrian people it must be without the knowledge of the Russians and the Chinese, and that will be impossible. And besides even if he can its an election year, they'll be out of luck. And there is a trace of Iranian support militarily in the fighting. We just better off stay out of it.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Good point. Syria and Iran have a mutual defense pact – if we engage in Syria directly, it's the same as going into Iran. Perhaps that's the actual reason some are pushing us towards attacking Syria.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • HA25

        Of course it is. The article makes it clear also. This is a humanitarian issue but also aligns with our strategic interests. If al-Assad is not in charge of Syria, there's a chance Syria won't back up Iran which isolates them further, and may prevent the Next Big War *WHEN* Israel goes after Iran. Iran may just collapsse like Syria and maybe, just maybe, the Middle East (like Russia) will become modern and democratic on it's own without further *major* conflict.

        I don't see that same issue in Mexico or Africa. Nor have Somalians, for example, shown the resolution to stand up to their dictators like at least some Syrians have.

        February 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  14. John K

    This female fool needs to realize that America does not need to get involved here. This broad is completely off the deep end for suggesting this country should be engaged. Look Danielle sit down an shut up, apparently you have never learned from our country's stupid past mistakes. You are wet behind the ears and have very little experience in living the past.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  15. American Muslim

    I love this article. Very well written and President Obama's quote at the end of the article drove home the point. It's not even about what we did in the past and with who but what we, as people should do now, in the name of our humanity. Everything we do and don't do, reflects on who we are... So think about humanity... and ask yourself if you think these people deserve help from more fortunate people and countries.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Concerned American

      Dear American Muslim,

      A muslim is a muslim whether American or not. They have been UNGRATEFUL to America and laugh each time the west loses a precious soldier protecting the muslim backed Taliban. They hate America and you, as a muslim is appealing for western help so you can get freedom to stab American in the back. An average muslim will say that America is intervening either because of OIL or to protect their own interest even when America is clearly acting in good faith. Please ask the Arab League to form an army to protect its kind cos the muslim will ALWAYS remain ungrateful to American

      February 9, 2012 at 6:06 am | Reply
      • Another Concerned American

        What exactly are your (insert: religious beliefs and cultural stereotype) and in which way do they make you beneficial to Uncle Sam? The World? What value derives from your condescending opinion about 1.8 million Americans?

        What is the possibility that some of your ancestry includes people of Muslim decent? By your logic, being UNGRATEFUL then would be natural for you.

        February 9, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  16. SconnieGuz

    Not one American life or penny should be thrown away for these ungrateful muslims anymore.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Right on.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Cute and straight to the point!
      No messing around.

      February 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  17. Terry Brookman

    Obama is a bag of wind, not one campaign promise kept and giving nine trillion to Help bail out the Euro and another four trillion to the very same people who created the financial mess we are in. To hell with Syria and all those murderous morons, let them kill each other. We are in our own mess, we need to clean house (both of them) before we try and lead the world to where, the same place we are now? Who would want to follow us into this same pit of quick sand?

    February 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Poukissa

      Amen brother, charity begins at home. Let the the Arab league take care of that situation and intervene on behalf of the syrian people.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • BigSir

      A health care plan, out of Iraq, a financial rejuvenation plan (starting to work), a tangible end date in afghanistan. He kept his promises. The problem is that 3 out of 4 were cleaning up Bushes mess.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  18. Milly

    Eventually their problems reach us. Maybe a terrorist attack, maybe in the form of opium. You can let your neighbors house burn without risking your own.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
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  20. rightospeak

    CNN actually pays Danielle for writing such garbage and blatant propaganda ? The reason you are strring up the Middle East pot is to please our pimp in Middle East and get my country into insane war that most likely will mean annihilation of the Holy Land-guaranteed ! If the stupid think thanks of morons continue to advise our leaders like with Iraq that led to our bancrupcy we will implode from lack of oil. This time the stakes are much higher than 1967. Israel may try to bomb our big ships and blame on Iranians similar to what they did in 1967 with SS Liberty . In case they were losing , they would blame it on Egypt.One problem , the ship did not sink and many sailers survived to tell the thruth what happened to them. Our government told them to keep their mounths shut and our " investigative journalists"did diddly squat. Now , the media is calling for war with Iran and they think it will be a peace of cake like in 1967 to steal more land and water.I beg to differ.It will be total insanity and Israel will be no more. Just think , Natanyahu's grandfather was a Rabbi, may have lived a few bllocks from my grandmother-maybe he even bought newspapers from her near the Polish Senat in Warsaw before the war. They probably passed each other on the steet saying hello. Now his grandson wants to make the biggest mistake of his life. Why can't we live in peace ? My grandmother, very fine religious woman , I am sure would be very nice to Natanyahu's grandfather and they lived in peace. Why can't we ?

    February 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • Chimo

      What a little mindless punk you are. Trying to tar and feather Israel by bringing up the USS Liberty has been tried and rejected. Why don't you take your slimy little anti semitic butt over there and fight against the Al Assad goons yourself. Israel is our best ally, if anyone is a pimp, it's probably your dad.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
      • Gus

        Why is it that when someone critizes Isreal that they are branded antisemitic. They did infact attack the USS liberty in broad day light after sending at least two recons over the ship. How can an experienced military pilot confuse a converted freigther with an armed crusier. Don't let a a major cover up by Isreal and the U S government be confused with justice. Lets make no mistake, isreal has been living in fear of its neighbors since their begaining. They know that there would be no Isreal if it weren't for the U S. An that's why it has been said numerous times that Isreal has a real strong lobby in D.C., maybe to Strong. When our politicians are more concerned with the welfare of Isreal then their own country, theres a problem. That excuse of supporting our allies don't hold water, They have no choice but to be our ally.

        I was told once by a ranking military intell. type officer that Isreal will do anything to anybody if they feel its a threat to the state of Istreal real or imagine.

        The bottomline is, just because you don't like the politics and/or the politicans of any given country doesn't mean you dislike the the country or the people in it, the U S included..

        February 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  21. Nero

    I'm so disgusted with most of the postings on this site! For one thing, how many soldiers did we lose in Lybia??? None that I'm aware of. This woman is exactly right! We should not sit back and allow things like this to happen. Not when it's an armed military against unarmed civilians. In some ways, this is worse than Libya! All we need to do is go in and bomb the hell out of the military installations and guard the routes that allow civilians to escape, because those trying to escape today are being MURDERED! Where is your compassion! We can do this with little to no loss of life and cripple Iran and other terrorist organizations. I totally agree that Iraq and Afganistan were mistakes, but this isn't and we don't even have to put soldiers on the ground to make a difference. Did we deserve to be born or imigrate to this country??? No, we were lucky enough to be born here. We are supposed to be a "nation under god" that helps people and all you people that think we should do nothing are as guilty of murder as they are... OOOH, let's save unborn fetus but who cares about people that are already born... it's okay if the die.... disgusting... You make me sick

    February 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • yuri pelham

      Well I'm not against bombing them to oblivion. But no half measures.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • BigSir

      Libya was not unarmed civilians. Iran a terrorist organization? Because I honestly think that you are a high school student, your total gullibility is not so offensive. Anyway go back to your fiddle and watch the fires.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Concerned American

      Nero, if you are that bothered, go and enlist in the army to fight. Don't just sit there and decide who should go and die an ungrateful set of people. It's a pity that children are caught up in this mess but, unfortunately,they live amongst people who see non-muslims as infidels and will turn around to curse them once help has been administered. Go and ask the muslim brotherhood or Taliban that told the Libyans, after the west risked lives and money to help, that they should remember 'what the west represents'. Thereafter, the Libyans have turned to these fanatics instead of showing some appreciation to the west. UNGRATEFUL MUSLIMS SHOULD HELP THEMSELVES, AMERICANS DO NOT NEED THEIR OIL, THIS TIME

      February 9, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
      • Carlina

        "It's a pity that children are caught up in this mess but, unfortunately,they live amongst people who see non-muslims as infidels and will turn around to curse them once help has been administered."
        Well isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.....seems to me you have labeled ALL MUSLIMS as infidels and have no problem sitting back and watching innocent children die while you tap away on your little ipad and sip coffee. YOU are in need of some help. You are the most dangerous kind of criminal. One who sees no value in human life and actually justifies it by spouting off about the extra change in your pockets. Selfish, Cold ANIMAL.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • Rich

        Carlina, who is killing these innocent Muslims? Other Muslims. It is not the West that are behaving like animals. This is not our fight.

        February 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  22. just_for_kicks

    Nuke 'em

    February 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Your ASS has to be NUKED First at high noon!
      If that NUKE theory applies!

      February 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  23. just_for_kicks

    Nuke the entire middle east. Lets be done with them...permanently

    February 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Nero

      you will be nuked when you end up in hell. have fun there

      February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
      • just_for_kicks

        Will do. Bet you get there before me, tho...

        February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • Nero

        How do you figure that? By following the bibles teachings? Yeah, you're making a lot of sense. You are just a coward.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • just_for_kicks

        Nero, who said I follow the bible? Not me...I'm an atheist

        February 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  24. just_for_kicks

    Lets pull all our troops home. Permanently. We can launch a bunch of cruise missles from the Med and the IO and be done with god-forsaken land. Once the dust clears, maybe we can repopulate it with pigs.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Oh mine!
      Typical American craziness of Hitler's mindset at work. What the heck have you been smoking?

      February 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  25. yuri pelham

    Let the killing continue. They are a terrorist state where the ideal population count is zero. We have to stay out of it and we will . We learned our lesson in the failed Afghan and Iraq wars. The UN is exposed as impotent and phony and Russia is still the evil Soviet Union.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  26. Eddie

    When are Americans going to wake up? There will NEVER be a Democracy in the Middle East. So get over it people. Let's get the United States back on track and stop worrying about what happens in Syria. You want to know something ironic? If we the people stood up against our Government, we would also be maimed and killed.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Nero

      I cannot take anymore of this ignorance, hate and cowardice being posted. I'm signing off so feel free to tell me how wrong I am. I won't ever see it. I know I'm right and so do you...

      February 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • webzilloid

        No way, dude, sit right back down and keep typing. Rule #1 of the 'net: you can't back out. You're in for the long haul. I say you'r MENDACIOUS, and a REPROBATE. Nero, you're a MENDACIOUS REPROBATE!

        February 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • just_for_kicks

        Goodnight, loser. Just bury your head in the sand (no pun intended) like a good little ostrich

        February 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  27. GrandOldPatsy

    Every single time America has tried to "help" unstable middle eastern regimes either be toppled or maintain power, it has ended in a serious backfire. We don't have an obligation to help these people.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      Your right on the money Patsy 🙂

      February 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  28. Ryan

    According to the GOP; Obama does nothing then he didn't do enough, Obama does something then they say he shouldn't have got involved. The GOP isn't happy whichever way he decides on Syria.

    February 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Adam


      February 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • just_for_kicks

      Dude, ever watch what happens when the GOP makes a decision? The Dems say the same thing...

      February 9, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
      • ﺶCHEﺶ

        Oh please you commenting?
        Cut the crap out. Will ya?

        February 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  29. petergibby

    Iraq was not a failure. Took more than expected, but we did what we set out to do - remove the Saddam threat and replace it with something we can work with. (Iraq didn't attack us - neither did Hitler) Afghanistan is not a failure either, just hard to help a backword country. Lybia was not a failure. Sure point out all and spin the negatives - but there's a greater amount of good if you open your eyes to it. We have the moral duy to help Syria. If not, then your the same person that watches someone get beat up in the street and doesn't try to help.

    February 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Hitler didnt attack us? tell that to all the merchant ships the uboats sank.

      Keep your globalist agenda to your own family. Sacrifice them. It would be for the best anyways

      February 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
      • petergibby

        I don't have a globalist agenda, just doing what's right versus doing what's wrong. If you saw someone in need, would you just says sorry, I don't want to interfer with you? Just cause you help someone doesn't mean you want to take over their stuff. And sure Hitler attacked our merchant ships that were aiding his enemy england - Saddam equalled that with his shooting at our aircraft for 10 years in the UN no-fly zone and an attempted assasination attempt. So Hitler probably did less to provock our attack than Iraq.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:35 am |
      • petergibby

        Didn't notice till now, but I don't think it's very nice say it would be for the best if my family was sacrificed. I was just giving my opinion. You need people that disagree with you, otherwise you'll be stuck with blinders on and never consider or even hear anything other than from your own thoughts.

        February 9, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Poukissa

      Somebody told you wrong about Iraq; the Maliki goverment is not pro American, if anything they are leaning more toward Iran. So if you ask me, the conflict in Iraq was a big failure for the US. While Saddam was there, we didn't have to worry to much about the Iranians, he was keeping them in check. They hated each other, and it would have been hard for them to go nuclear without Saddam intervening. Now ,we run the risk of dealing with two Irans.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
      • petergibby

        Maliki is 1000 times more pro-us than Saddam was. Iraq wasn't keeping Iran in check - they were living under a no-fly zone and UN sanctions. Our goal was a friendly regime in Iraq and an end to Saddam and that's what we have now. Goal achieved.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  30. jorge

    The issue is Islam. Why do Muslims accept what is going on in Syria, in Iran, .... Barbarianism still exists; are we still in the 7th century?

    February 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
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