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U.S Considering Arming Syria Rebels, Hagel Says

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The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday.

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lee e (114)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:54 pm
I tend to think we have too many internal problems at this stage in the game - and we've made too many mistakes already in the region - we cannot get involved - perhaps if we hadn't involved ourselves in pursuits that were dire mistakes in the past - now our best bet is to alert the UN of how sad a plight this is - and demand action from the rest of the world, but now is not a time to get our stupid country going to the aid of more religious unrest, while we're making the elderly and poor pay for the wars of the wealthy who are resting on their laurels and cashing in on every military involvement -- tax the rich and withdraw from any military cash-ins! No more "Mr. Nice Guy" at my expense!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 8:34 pm
One word: Stupid

Elle B (84)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 10:36 pm
Agree with Lee. The UN with the support of a global coalition needs to go in.

“For at least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols” ― Aldous Huxley

“How many consuming fires can there be in the words: freedom, peace and democracy and how easy they can be extinguished by ignorance, stupidity and arrogance?” ―Sorin Cerin

Patricia H. (440)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:02 am

Jodi Ashley (2)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:19 am
The problem with the UN is they don't seem to do ANYTHING with the US leading the way! Arming the rebels has worked out soooo well for us in the past so sure! Let's do it again!

Hilary S (65)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:26 am
on a white charger b=no doubt, and waving the flag of the u.s.of a. - sadly any merican action is unlikely to make any muslims actually like america. so bottom line? not a good idea. but who's listening to me?

Jodi Ashley (2)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:33 am
*that should say without the US leading the way.

Lynn D (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:22 am
Noted, thanks!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:37 am
Please let's stay out of it.

Gene J (290)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:24 am
"At a Pentagon news conference, Hagel said the administration is considering a range of options. He said he personally has not decided whether it would be wise to provide weapons to the rebels."

Well, let me help you with that, Chuck. There was a story in yesterday's paper that said Assad now thinks he is winning and that one of the reasons is the rebels are falling apart because so MANY Al Quaeda soldiers and leaders have joined their cause. Do you rememember who it was that brought down the twin towers? Do you remember who it was that has been beheading people on television for the last 12 years? Do you remember who it is that has declared war on our country? And you propose to ARM them? Are you out of your freaking mind? Let Russia play the role of international criminal here, they are quite proud of that. We have no business in that conflict. Whatever happens there ultimately is NOT going to be good for us. Assad is terrible for his people, not our friend by any means, but those who would replace him are just another batch of fanatics like Iran and the Taliban. And you want to give them MORE weapons? You, and the president, go take a valium and rethink this please. And then decide we have enough challenges as it is, we have enough people who hate us as it is, and that nothing we do there will affect how the people of that region see us. If you think the rebels will win, with our help, and then become a beacon of light in the middle east, well, put down that pipe because you are not thinking clearly. Arming ANYONE in that region will backfire, there is no "good" side, both hate us. And nothing we do will change that. We have serious needs here at home, lets work on those and let others handle their business on their own. As we would ourselves insist on doing. This is not like the French coming to our aid during our Revolution, Chuck. There are no white horses here to go charging in on. There are far more than 50 shades of grey in this issue, Chuck, and there is no scenario I see in which it makes sense for us to be giving weapons of war to any middle eastern nation, there is not one there, no, not Saudi Arabia either, that wishes us well. We can wish them well, however, and prove it but not stoking the fires there with more weaponry. Let's DO that, Chuck. Send the president a memo, please, to that effect. Now.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:51 am
I think we should wait another 1.5 years, and then rethink the position. Maybe just some words of condemnation for the government and comforting words for the rebels in the meantime.

Birgit W (160)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:27 pm

S S (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:12 pm
Thank you.

Stan B (123)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:59 pm
Brilliant post, Gene. It would be the height of madness for the U.S. or any other Western country to supply weapons to Al Qaeda or its affiliates fighting in Syria. Both sides in this awful conflict are as bad as each other. We don't need to supply them with any more killing equipment, especially when it will most likely be used against us in the near future.

paul m (93)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:25 am


Sandra ;atterson (59)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 11:58 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 12:06 pm
The American Empire absolutely needs to stay out of this.

Sharon Davidson (371)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 3:43 pm
we need to do all we can t o help our planet

. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:45 am
No way. We shouldn't be doing that.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:56 am
It may be silly at some point, but governments should be working harder on this, the abuses to the citizens in Syria are horrible!!! Are we going to let them just die??

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 10:40 am
Bad idea, naturally the only concern is the $$$ for the big greedy companies. It will backfire and hurt the US as always. Is it really necessary to get involved in another conflict? I am sure the Muslims can work it out between themselves, they are GOOD at tha!!.
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