Up for Debate: U.S. military option in Syria

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:26pm

The Pentagon has reportedly detailed U.S. options for intervening in the Syrian civil war. To what extent should the U.S. get involved beyond its current role of supplying weapons to rebels? Is further involvement warranted or should the U.S. avoid it as much as possible?

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371 Comments on this post:

By: Libertine on 7/23/13 at 5:34

History shows that we should mind our own business when it comes to that region.

By: bfra on 7/23/13 at 5:58

What history?

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 6:15

Iraq, Afghanistan (us and the Soviets), Iran, Lebanon...those are just off the top of my head.

By: bfra on 7/23/13 at 6:21

Thanks gdiafante!

By: Libertine on 7/23/13 at 6:31

Don't forget Libya and Egypt.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 6:43

Thanks Libertine, how could I forget those?

I think the U.S. needs to revert back to Washington's idea of avoiding foreign entanglements, and that means everything. We need to get our own house in order.

By: bfra on 7/23/13 at 6:52

gdiafante - I'll vote yea on that!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 7:15

I completely agree!

By: yogiman on 7/23/13 at 7:16

The USA should mind it's own business. Where was any foreign nation when our founders fought our wars?

We are not the world's keepers.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 7:16

For all the money we've spent meddling in the affairs of the Middle East - we could have spent the money and effort in our infrastructure and our educational system. Oh, and healthcare!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 7:17

yogi, did you forget about France?

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 7:22

Don't forget Spain and the Dutch. Once again, yogi is clueless.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:26

This is a damned if we do and damned if we don't.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:28

The defunct historian, yogi has no sense of history unless he has edited himself.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:33

Cites and streets have been named i honor of foreign heros of the Revolution War; Layette and Pulaski for example.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:34

shb in honor.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 7:40

Well, what do you expect from someone who thinks wnd is a reliable source.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:48

LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 7:51

I need to correct myself again. It should be Lafayette.

By: revo-lou on 7/23/13 at 7:51

It is a global economy, and we are a global player. We can no longer stay in our own yard for many reasons. It is unlikely that we as a nation have the stomach to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world. Nor the money, given what prices would do without the imports that we have become so dependent on.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 8:02

We're a global player economically, sure, but it's a precarious postion. I'm sure that confidence in the United States would only be amplified should we choose to involve ourselves in what could quickly escalate into the third major war of the last decade.

Yes, that's sarcasm.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:07

revo, that's true. But look at European countries that stay out of the affairs of other nations and do well. Of course they have a much more educated populous.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:08

And we have a lot of bud and yogis.

By: revo-lou on 7/23/13 at 8:12

Our “friends” interests are our interest, good or bad. Again, we as a nation are far too dependent on the outside world to pretend that things happening, not of our making, outside our borders don’t affect what happens within them. does that make us look self serving? No doubt. The “mirror” reflects what is.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:15

That is true.....

By: revo-lou on 7/23/13 at 8:16

Our friends that join us, France Great Britain, Italy etc. pay as much or more for goods and services that we do. Our friends that don’t join us, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, etc., pay more. Can’t happen here. The populous, rich and poor alike, would revolt.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 8:17

The countries that closed the door to the rest of the world fell far behind in development and education. China and the middle east for example.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:20

That's true. We like our cheap consumer goods - gotta love capitalism.

By: yogiman on 7/23/13 at 8:20

I imagine I know about the wars we've been in than any of you "youngsters". How many nations have fell in line with the USA if it wasn't for their nation's benefit?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:21

yogi, go read a book or something.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 8:22

And how is that working out for them, revo? Seems to me that UK, France and most of the European Union aren't faring too well either.

The ME is like a deadbeat kid, eventually the parents have to cut the cord.

By: yogiman on 7/23/13 at 8:25

I may be clueless on some issues, gdiafante, but I sure as hell aren't clueless on who's sitting in our Oval Office. Go to www.dcboee.org/voter_info/reg_status/ Type in Barry Soetoro as the name and Aug.4, 1961 as the birth and 20500 as the zip code then tell me whose registered to vote addressed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 8:29

There is no question that you are clueless on all subjects, Comrade, yogi.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:30

"I sure as hell aren't clueless"

Now that's damned priceless! LOL

By: yogiman on 7/23/13 at 8:30

B2,

If you was as smart as you think you are, you would have know from the very beginning what was going on in DC when Barry was put in office. That is, unless you're a communist yourself. That being he case, I'm sure you do know and know why Barry has refused to identify himself.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:32

g, I think revo has a good point about our addiction to consumer goods. We let our politicians run all over us and we do little but take away our cheap Walmart goods - now that'll cause a revolt! Sheesh.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 8:32

Blanket if Comrade yogi could read, he would know just how little he understand about life.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:35

I think a lot of our problem in the Middle East is our support of Israel.

By: bfra on 7/23/13 at 8:36

yogi can't keep up with any subject when it comes to knowledge. So he reverts back to his song & dance on Obama & he can't keep up with that subject either, because he is too stupid to recognize FACTS!

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 8:37

Yes, but I don't believe that cutting off aid to the ME or Israel will affect our consumption as a nation nor producing nations from understanding that we're a consumer nation. That's all I'm saying.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/23/13 at 8:38

Israel has done nothing but crap on Palestinians ever since it became a state. They break their own agreements and take land away from the Palestinians and any time their allies get irate here comes the U.S. to smack them down. That's a lot of our problem.

By: revo-lou on 7/23/13 at 8:38

No more so for them than us, gd, and I agree that we should "cut the cord", but, we are not going to. So, here we are and here we go.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/13 at 8:44

No, we're not, revo, and that means that eventually we'll have boots on the ground there again. Stupid is as stupid does.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 8:52

The war in Syria is starting to spread to other parts of the ME, which in turn will bring us and the rest of the world into it.

Damned if we do and damned if we don't.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 9:14

I got to talk with Loner Sunday. He said hi to all of you.

By: BenDover on 7/23/13 at 9:19

George Friedman, author of The Next 100 Years tackles the questions from an historical balance-of-power perspective. This is not a politically biased work and anyone serious about understanding why we do what we do on the world stage would find this very interesting.

The website for current events is: http://www.stratfor.com/

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 9:21

Thank you Ben for the site. I will try to read it at some point today.

By: BenDover on 7/23/13 at 9:22

If you talk to him again please tell loner that I hope he's enjoying himself in the DJ-5 with all the clothing optional hippie chicks, Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/23/13 at 9:28

I will Ben. He is having a good time, all thought he is some what water logged. LOL

By: BenDover on 7/23/13 at 9:30

Friedman's latest book, The Next Decade is probably more relevant to the topic at hand.