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SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT

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SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON SYRIA: ‘We Are Not A World Police’

Paul Szoldra
Sep.  2,  2013

With the president poised to strike in Syria and the Congress set to vote on the issue the week of Sept. 9, the debate about U.S. military intervention in the two-year-old civil war is already happening amongst the American public.

Some Americans have made their voices known to their representatives, with many saying the U.S. should stay out of the conflict, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

In the poll, only 20% said the U.S. should take action, although that was up from 9% last week. Even if it’s clear the Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians, only 29% said the U.S. should intervene.

That sentiment appears to be mirrored with veterans and members of the military, who have been tweeting to Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), as well as personally emailing me their thoughts* after Business Insider published two letters from troops on Saturday.

While President Obama has repeatedly denied there would be “boots on the ground,” and the strike would be limited — likely using cruise missiles from ships far away — many were fearful of the possibility of further involvement.

“I’m a U.S. Air Force vet who spent a solid 6 years shuttling between Afghanistan and Iraq, doing everything from combat airdrops to medevacs to hauling flag-draped coffins,” wrote one servicemember in an email, who also mentioned travel to 38 countries in that time. “What we do not need is another war, and we certainly do not need any further involvement in a civil war where our objective isn’t clear, and our allies aren’t really our allies.”

Outrage was largely shared by most over chemical weapons usage in the conflict — the Aug. 21 gassing of civilians near Damascus killed more than 1,400, many of them children — but many servicemembers expressed questions over any specific U.S. national security interest.

“The U.S. has stood by idly while many countries have massacred themselves in a civil war. This should not be any different,” wrote one active-duty Marine who said he had deployed five times to Iraq or Afghanistan. “The method of their war should not make any difference, killing is killing. As long as the conflict stays within their borders, we do not have any business interfering.”

“This country has a fairly recent history of sticking our noses where it doesn’t belong,” wrote another. “Since Vietnam, America has used other nations’ transgressions as a reason to go in and set up shop for our government’s own reasons. This sort of behavior needs to end. We are not a world police.”

Still, while many who have written to Business Insider have voiced opposition to military action (the tally was roughly 50-2 against), there were some who believed good could be done in the country with a more robust response.

“Dropping a few missiles, without any clear idea of what type of war we’re really getting into will put us on the wrong side of a bad and worse dilemma … ” wrote one Marine veteran of the Iraq war. “I’d like to see a broader ‘smarter’ strategy for dealing with Syria than dropping a few tomahawk missiles with ‘no objective’ but to punish Assad.”

As both lawmakers and the public remain skeptical, it seems the Obama administration has an uphill battle ahead of any vote to authorize the use of military force. That sentiment was echoed by the International Crisis Group, a well-respected organization that released a statement on Sunday that said limited strikes were “largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people” while calling for a larger political and diplomatic solution.

* Quotes from emails in this article have been edited for clarity.

        SEE ALSO:     SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON SYRIA: ‘We Are Stretched Thin, Tired, And Broke’

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This Is A Sad Day For American, It May Already Be Gone

My Opinion By Bob L.
06-28-2012

In his Obamacare ruling, John Roberts called the president a tax-and-spend liberal

This Is A Sad Day For Most Americans, they are saying to get on with getting people back to work, but if any one with any BRAINS should know that a company can not hire people if they are close to going BANKRUPT if this Government puts more Regulations and Taxes on these Companies, but this is what this Country want, is to put this Country under one WORLD control, not sure check Government operations since the death of JFK. Continue reading

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Inside an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen

Comment By Bob L.
Tue.05-29-2012

Could this story be true, if it is, then these wars are nothing but political, or a cover up of some thing that our Government does not want the American people to know.

Was it not the Taliban that the United States quietly help put in to power years back, and then went in to take them out of power because they wanted some one else in power in that Country because of human rights violations, which now is putting America in the cross hairs of destruction. So now we are in a fight with both al Qaeda and the Taliban. I could be wrong and I will stand corrected.

Now we have to think who was the President who helped them in to power, and then who is the President who went in to take them out of power and started the war on America.

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The Upshot

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Tue.05-29-2012

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