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  •  I found the views on Syria that you expressed on (15+ / 0-)

    Chris Hayes's show last week really unappealing. Regardless of whether you support military intervention, the situation in Syria calls for a serious response. You appeared utterly indifferent to the plight of the Syrian people.

    And President Obama is the one who deserves the most credit for slowing things down. He could have shelled first and sought permission later. I really don't think you have any business boasting about having stopped a war.

    `You needn't go on making remarks like that, ... they're not sensible, and they put me out.'

    by seanwright on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:22:23 AM PDT

    •  Not really (5+ / 0-)

      The best serious response would be for the Obama administration to stop the Saudis from supporting the jihadist rebels.   More war does not help the Syrian people.

      The actions of the Obama administration dont make much sense.   At least Obama listened to the congress and the war did not happen.

      People like the congressman, not Obama, deserve most credit.  

    •  it's actually complicated (2+ / 0-)
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      My reason for being against punishing Assad with bombs only had to do with the killing of even more civilians.  If we could take out delivery methods without killing anyone extra, that would then be a second best solution.  Assad obviously thinks the damage would be significant and his fate would become more unpredictable.  

      But, it's complicated.  And that's why Putin weighed in, the players aren't as stupid as we've feared.  Those weapons could end up in Chechnyan hands. Also Israel may have distributed enough gas masks to its population, but would not like those weapons in wronger hand.  If Assad is willing to pay for his life with by destroying his chemical weapons, and Russia is willing to be his guarantee, there are still 2 millions refugees, and still factions among the rebels, some of whom are as nasty as Assad.  

      I think it's time for Democratic congressmen to support the president, with the knowledge that he's not Bush, that he wants congressional authority to force diplomacy, not to trick congress into approving war.  It's now obvious that Russia and Assad do not want any pinpricks and will do what they must to avoid any.    

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