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Received this e-mail from Congressman Rick Nolan (D. MN-08) who wants to hear his constituents and supporters' thoughts on Syria:
This week the President addressed the nation regarding U.S. military and diplomatic options of intervention into the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Let me be clear, war should always be our last choice, not our first choice.

We should applaud the President both for bringing the question we have as a nation regarding Syria before the Congress, and for pursuing a diplomatic solution. His speech gives us reason for cautious optimism that a non-military path can be found.

Along with a great many of my colleagues in Congress, I still have serious questions about a proposed strike, about the enormous cost of well over $1 billion a month, and about the potential consequences for our ally, Israel, and our troops in the region.

I have been vocal about the fact that I oppose any resolution to authorize a military strike against Syria. I believe that we are better served investing our time and money in rebuilding America’s infrastructure and refocusing our priorities at home, and our presence in another conflict does not serve American interests.

There is no question that despicable and horrible chemical weapons were deployed against innocent Syrian civilians. And there is no question in my mind that whoever is deemed responsible should be brought before the International Court of Justice to answer for crimes against humanity.

With all that being said, I welcome and value your input on this very important issue. Please click here to share your opinions and thoughts with me on Syria:

http://nolanforcongress.org/...

Thank you so much for your continued support,

Click here to leave Nolan your thoughts:

http://nolanforcongress.org/...

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:00:13 PM PDT

  •  I got this email today. (1+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc

    I like Rick and voted for him...but I'd be interested to know how he proposes to make this happen:  "whoever is deemed responsible should be brought before the International Court of Justice to answer for crimes against humanity" and it struck me that he didn't actually mention the Assad regime.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:43:20 PM PDT

    •  Yes, I got it too... (0+ / 0-)

          I know that the US government says it has definite proof that it was the Assad government. I've heard that German intelligence sources initially said it was the regime, then later walked it back a little that it was government forces, but not necessarily the top levels of the regime.
           Without seeing the evidence, though, I am bothered by the notion of qui bono. How does Assad benefit from using Sarin gas on a rebel-held area? By most reports, he's winning now. Early in the rebellion, when it looked like the rebels might actually take Damascus, it might have made sense for a desperate regime to take such drastic action. But now, when he's got the upper hand, why would he choose the action most likely to bring international military intervention?
          Apparently he was being pushed constantly by generals who wanted to use Sarin all along, (maybe because they really really wanted to get out that really cool toy that no one ever let them play with,) but still, why now? It actually makes more sense that the rebels would have done it in a "false flag" operation, to try to get international intervention on their side. Or maybe Syrian military officers who don't want the rebels to win, but want Assad out, and think that international condemnation might do that? I don't know, but I'm still bothered by the notion that it just makes no sense for Assad to have done this now...

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:14:09 AM PDT

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  •  Rick, how would you like to run for the Senate? (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    or President for that matter.

    I have been vocal about the fact that I oppose any resolution to authorize a military strike against Syria. I believe that we are better served investing our time and money in rebuilding America’s infrastructure and refocusing our priorities at home, and our presence in another conflict does not serve American interests.

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