February 7th, 2012
07:28 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: U.S. military beginning review of Syria options

By Barbara Starr

Although the U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria, the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities, CNN has learned.

The options are being prepared in the event President Barack Obama were to call for them. Two senior administration officials who spoke about the review to CNN emphasized that U.S. policy for now remains the use of non-military options.

The focus on diplomatic options was underscored by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"Before we start talking about military options, we very much want to ensure that we have exhausted all the political, economic and diplomatic means at our disposal," Ambassador Susan Rice said on CNN's “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

The president has also said that the U.S. is working on non-military options first.

"I think it is very important for us to try to resolve this without recourse to outside military intervention, and I think that's possible," Obama said in an interview with NBC News that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

But the military is beginning to look at what can be done.  One of the senior U.S. officials called the effort a “scoping exercise” to see what capabilities are available given other U.S. military commitments in the region.

Both officials pointed out that this type of planning exercise is typical for the Pentagon, which would not want to be in the position of not having options for the president, if and when they are asked for.

It would be Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, who would provide details on what U.S. military assets are available, what missions they could perform if asked, and what risks U.S. forces might face.

“The Pentagon is closely monitoring developments in Syria.  It wouldn’t be doing its job if it didn’t put some ideas on the table,” one of the senior U.S. officials told CNN. “But absolutely no decisions have been made on military support for Syria.”

The two officials were not willing to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Typically those types of options are held by the Pentagon as very preliminary plans and not even forwarded to the White House unless asked for. If asked, plans are then fleshed out with specific units to support them.

In this type of analysis being done, the military would typically look at all options ranging from humanitarian relief, to support for opposition groups, as well as outright military strikes, although that is an unlikely option, both officials said.

“This remains a campaign to apply economic and diplomatic pressure,” the first official said.

The military’s work to analyze potential military options for Syria has been quietly going on for several weeks, two administration officials confirm to CNN. The bulk of the analysis is being done by staff of General Mattis, who would be the senior commander if the President were to order any action.

Mattis’ analysis is being shared with General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who would then present options to the White House, if it came to that.

“We don’t want to be in the position of suddenly dusting off some five year old plan,” one official said.  The official emphasized the work is extremely preliminary but said the military would look at a full range of contingencies.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services committee, told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. should consider "all options including arming the opposition."

But U.S. officials said that adding weapons into the volatile and violent situation is not a viable option.

"We never take anything off the table. The president does (or) doesn't. However, as the president himself made absolutely clear and as the secretary has continued to say, we don't think more arms into Syria is the answer," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

soundoff (1,837 Responses)
  1. sealdoc

    I really feel safe and secure with the Clinton bitch taking care of diplomacy
    .

    February 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • chickenhawk_h8r

      > Muslim brothers, not everyone over here hates your children. It's only a Chickenhawk minority here that's never known what it's like to do an honest days work. God is great, and so is Al-lah.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Ummmmm – what was I thinking....oh yeah...I remember.....UP YOURS. Eat sand and drink your oil...dune koon.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
      • Ed

        Chicken, might I suggest that it IS Muslims killing "your children" but then, killing innocents is what your type is really, really good at, isn't it?
        Perhaps your hatred would be better directed at the cowards of the Syrian Army that shoots tank rounds into apartment buildings PURPOSELY to kill and maim children. Islamic children. But that really doesn't fit into your rhetoric, does it?
        "Allah Akbar" Yeah, right..................

        February 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  2. I Beg to Differ

    So how do you spell hypocrite? I understand it has two spellings O B A M A and D E M O C R A T For years ago and they were all over Bush and his foreign involvement, now Obama (former Nobel Peace Prize winner that he is) has decided to use the foreign stage that he screwed up to make himself seem strong.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  3. obamamarxist

    obama is a marxist jew hater. those who support him are bad bad people

    February 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • pat carr

      LOL. anyone critical of israel or not kowtowing to their every whim is a "jew hater"

      February 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Oh – please....when was the last time you had only ONE FRIEND in the world....not counting your dead hamster?

        February 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  4. Longhaires Redneck

    Please just for once, let them work out their own problems, & concentrate on the problems here at home.
    I'm sorry to see people dieing needlessly, but it is NOT our problem or our country. Stay out of it PLEASE!!!!!

    February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • golfmom

      Longhairs, read some history why don't ya. We did that back in the late 30's and because we stayed out of it 60,000,000.00 million people died.But don't worry it's an election year, this President will kick the can down the road until Iran has the bomb and it will be to late.To anyone who says we can't afford another war I say, I would rather pay a little now than a trillion later.I guess Life and freedom have no value to you!

      February 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
      • Ed

        I disagree, golfmom. If Obama thinks that he will lose reelection, I PROMISE you that the U.S. Military will be engaged with Iran one way or another. After all, what better way to get the ignorant electorate behind a sitting President? Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is more important to him and his Chicago thugs than reelection.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
      • Awe C'mon

        The Left thinks if we leave them alone....they'll leave us alone....ya know like OBL did.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  5. Eric

    Years of crying and howling from the liberals over Iraq and Afghanistan. Code Pink, hippies everywhere, people demanding that Bush be arrested for "crimes against humanity" etc, etc, etc......

    Where are they now? Silence.

    We should not get involved in Syria simply because Syria does not involve US. We are not the World Police. I know what they're doing stinks, but ti's not our problem. Enough of this nonsense. If we topple Syria's regime then it will be replaced with an even more insane, violent Islamist group that will make the overall situation in the region WORSE, not better.

    There will always be bad guys doing bad things to innocent people. We cannot stop it. We have bankrupted ourselves trying. Enough is enough.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Foundation of Liberty

      Not to mention the people will be angry at the US for the widespread destruction of war and not at the people who are causing the problems. If we start blowing stuff us the hate and blame shifts to us, creating a new generation of people who hate America. We cannot police the world.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • James Ocallian

      Where are the following A. Anti War Groups B Code Pink C. ALL the Liberals in Congress calling President Bush War Criminal D. The Media who did daily body counts and daily days at war count. E. Senator Obama who called for ends to all these wars and wanted us to spend or time and money in America and wanted all Republicans Investigated for lies Oh no he is now the President Starting wars on his own. Don't Be Fooled Again

      February 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  6. bez

    I am impressed with these comments.... I think America is finally waking up... Now if CNN could only follow. Syria is a CIA MOSSAD, and NATO Intelligence destabilization effort. The double standards are soo obvious its sickening. Bahrain Yemen Somalia, SAUDI ARABIA <- wrost of them all... But no, these dictators are ok because because they can be manipulated to the benifit of the West.... The leaders who choose to be have their country politically independent (Libya, Syria, Iraq), will be destroyed and raped with no benefit to its population. World Peace Please America!!

    February 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      It's "destabilized" because the people have had enough of violent dictatorship.

      You DO understand, do you not, that Syria is led by a Ba'athist regime that is a direct descendent of the Nazi Party? Literally. They are actual Nazis.

      I don't think we should mess with the situation simply because it's none of our business, and we'll only make it worse. But your conspiracy theories are absurd. The last thing the CIA and Moussad want to see is a radical Islamist regime in Syria. They'd very much like to see the Ba'athists regain control and keep a lid on things. You can be sure that there are some hard feelings in Washington right now. The CIA is very much against Obama's love for Islamist revolutions.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  7. HellsBells

    HILLARY is mad, but it took a few hundred times for her to hear she was dead wrong. Assad is not forward thinking or maybe he is...Assad wants entire families killed to keep a limit on future trouble makers. So the killing will continue unabated with Hillary and Obama will stick to finger wagging and pointing......Cheap threats.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  8. Wolf

    And internal Syrian problems are the concern of the U.S. (or anyone else for that matter) because ... Obongo wants to pretend he knows what he's doing? Oh, right, he does that all the time.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  9. Awe C'mon

    Hell – just glass the middle east over....we'll all be better off...including the crude holes called nations over there.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • chickenhawk_h8r

      So you're anti-Zionist as well ? Nah, just stupid.

      I don't usually reply to these blogs, but this was just too good.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        "Reply".......you lack the intellect to think – which is a requirement for a reply. Trading barbs with you is like clubbing baby seals...there is no challenge.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  10. Eric

    Here's a novel concept – why don't we start weighing military options against countries that actually pose an immediate or near immediate threat to the US and its strategic allies and interests? I don't know, say maybe Iran??? Iran's a good start. Let's start there Mr. President.

    Hope and Change? Hell, I'd settle for competence!

    February 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • Awe C'mon

      Good luck with that one. You'll get a "Present" vote....

      February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
      • chickenhawk_h8r

        Muslim brothers, not everyone over here hates your children. It's only a Chickenhawk minority here that's never known what it's like to do an honest days work. God is great, and so is Al-lah.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  11. Rocky

    Why and by what authority is this idot going to invade another soverign Nation. Many Nations don't like what our country does.
    This Alinsky Commie that reminds me of Bucky Beaver or a suirrel with it's cheeks stuffed of winter nuts.
    Another illusional, dysfunctional Alinsky Commie.
    We were not overly fond of Hillary (Saulina) Alinsky back in New Haven and the same went for "RED SQUARE BILL".
    Is it not time for the Congress to get some balls and put a stop to this Imperialistic nonsense by "KING BARRY" and his court ?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  12. Dave Ippolito

    Yup.. lets get involved in another conflict that is none of our business.. good idea..
    I mean the Arab Spring has worked out so well.... righ?

    Egypt is holding Americans prisoner. The radical Islamists control the majority of the government now. In Libyia, the folks who gained control are pulling fingernails off of those found loyal to Gaddaffi. And lets not forget the fair trial Gaddafi got when the US supported "freedom fighters" found him.

    Yup... Obama plays it tough with these nit-wits, and is puffing his chest out at Syria but the one chance to really make a difference in the world he blew ... ignoring the populist uprising in Iran saying he didn't want to get involved in their internal affairs... what a joke!

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  13. AceDoc

    Let's get on CNN and explain that we are preparing for military action, but, gee whiz golly, we really don't want to use it.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • wilbur

      good God tis woman is horrendous. I have never seen such an ugly skank Ho

      February 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
      • buck ofama

        you've not seen her daughter?

        February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  14. daroofa

    Here is a novel idea: Why don't we start minding our own business? Don't we have enough issues here without having to spend money all over the world just to be called heavy handed and evil?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Awe C'mon

      Are you kidding...Obama gave $900-million dollars to HAMAS (yes – the terrorist group) before he was in office for 30-days...talk about needing a conscience for spending....OHHHH and the largest deficit in history. Meaning....having spent more than all previous Presidents COMBINED. FACT.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  15. Chukkal

    LOL...she scares me just looking at her!

    February 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  16. ralph

    Anybody but Obama is my next vote

    February 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  17. Uncle Curtis

    This mess has its roots way back in the Jimmy Carter Administration, he showed the Arab world how weak we were in dealing with this type of problem. Reagan ran when they killed our soldiers in Lebannon, and Bush should had never sent our troops in Iraq and Afgan. I would had sent all 130 of our B-52 and that would had been the end of it. Yes, I know I am radical in my thinking. The Arab world hate us, there will never be peace with them until we are like them or they kill us. This is peace to them, convert or die. It is that simple. They believe every word in the koran (holy book). Bush lied like a snake to call Islam a faith of peace. I solderes are dying for nothing, our wealth being being spent for nothing.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Napalm

      Uncle Curtiss - you mean well, but you're not very bright. Try harder.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Hahahaha.......you're funny – BUT he gets it. Maybe you should give it a try.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
      • moriah

        Hey Napalm, quit patronizing uncle Curtiss. He's 100 % right. He is correct and you're not. Either you are too young to remember or you are relying on the BS you learned in school to be the truth. Be an independent thinker for once and look it up instead of believing the crap your Leftists friends tell you.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • WRTolkas

      Excellent Post Uncle Curtis.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • cecilscandy

      You are right Uncle Curtis. I remember Jerry Lewis saying around the time of Carter, that we should clean our own house before we go and clean someone else. Let them clean up their mess and let us get on with clean energy, health care, etc.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Do you mean like the green cars that have a carbon foot print twice the size of other cars...oh – oh – oh I know you mean the HAZ-MAT light bulbs we are being forced to use. No no wait...you're talking about being told what to eat – what to worship and who gets to "marry" who/what....WAKE the F up.....The Libs are destroying America.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  18. Bill Williams

    Reblogged this on The Cloud Economy.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  19. William

    Number one: it isn't our business what happens in Syria. Number two: it is almost certain that this violence is being promoted and funded by the "good 'ol US." Number three: we are !@#$ing broke!

    None of those things matter in the least to the mad men and "women" that are calling the shots but they should matter to Americans. These people are torching the globe in your name and mine. They really need to be stopped before they start WW3, which is probably really their ultimate goal.

    When they start sending out the drones to take out the voices of dissent here at home which they can legally do now (there is a big difference in legal and lawful) will Russia or China come to our aid?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • mer

      I agree. this is CIA funded and trained and executed. it is so easy to make it look like it's the government doing it...
      FALSE FLAG PPL. DONT LISTEN. IT'S ALL BULL.
      ENGLISH SOLDIERS ARE ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW TRAINING THE OPPOSITION, JUST LIKE LIBYA.
      more lies, more death...
      they even had the gall to say the air raids saved lives. butchers.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
      • William

        Yes it is very similar to the situation in "Wag the Dog." There was an article yesterday about a plane being searched in Lebanon that contained huge amounts of weapons, cash, credit cards and passports that originated from the US and Brazil (you can do a search on it and easily find the story). Additionally, last night my wife and I were watching Channel One from Russia and they reported that both Russia and China are observing a very different situation in Syria from the one being reported on American TV. Yes some of you might find it hard to believe but the news agencies in Russia are generally more trustworthy than almost anything you will see here as far as so-called mainstream media. The US has devolved into something foreign to most Americans whether they realize it or not.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  20. Smitty

    Oh, god dam***. Only thing worse than a neocon beating the wardrum, is the liberal...for them, its a passion and for squishing objectives no one can really define

    February 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • RaulJones

      Golly! Is someone FINALLY realizing that both Republicans AND Democrats are the true enemies of this country? BOTH PARTIES ARE TRAITORS, PEOPLE. Get them out before they destroy our country!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • John

        The problem is they're like roaches. Get ride of a group of them and another group shows up to replace them.

        We need more people to vote for independent candidates, but 80% of this country follows their selected party as if they joined a cult.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  21. Richard, Caldwell, NJ

    We have no business or strategic interest in interfering in a civil war in Syria. We should mind our own business and prepare for the obliteration of Iran. Iran is our only enemy in the Middle East that we need to destroy before they get a nuclear weapon. And that's because Iran has repeatedly threatened to strike the US and worse has been killing our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan for years. Syria is of no interest. Nor are Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen etc... Let the Muslims kill each other and the world will be a safer place.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • ScottyB123

      Iran wouldn't be killing our boys and girls if we hadn't toppled the "democratically elected" president in 1953. And if we hadn't started this mess. REMEMBER WE STARTED THIS WAR ! Not Iran. Let's just murder all the scary brown skin people who don't believe in the second coming. JC said love thy enemy. We better start doing that !

      February 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • John

        Yeah,.. I don't think the whole "brown" people thing works anymore or didn't you notice Kosovo a few years ago?

        The race card is old and stale. White people don't care about it anymore. It doesn't make us feel guilty for anything, because it's been used to describe everything to exaggeration.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  22. Old Cannonballs

    Amazing that so many people with their heads screwed on straight are commenting on a CNN website, for goodness sake! Is America really starting to wake up after all? (I'll believe it for sure when I see Sotero get deported.)

    February 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • mer

      NICE! Americans are smart. they should be waking up to see it is not AMERICA that is causing this, it is the banker and technocrat HIJACKED government in USA that is causing this.
      Americans are inherently freedom loving peacemakers... GET THIS DISEASE OUT OF YOUR GOVERNMENT.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Hear, hear.....ditch 'em all. Every last one. We need term limts from top to bottom....AND Lobbying needs to be outlawed. The Fathers of our country are crying tears of pain...make no mistake.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  23. Reality Check

    The problem in Syria starts in Iran and ends when the people of Iran are freed the tyranny of the Religious fanatics that rule Iran.

    Iran's people should fear their own government and the Sunni Islamist extremists who are ready to take power in Syria and are already in power in Egypt and Turkey. Not the United States.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • jorge lavanderia

      And Obama had a chance to help the Iranian people overthrow the tyrants and he deliberately left them twisting in the wind, tortured and raped in Iran's prisons. Then he helps overthrow other governments across north Africa opening the way for terrorist Islamists.

      Obama's hands drip blood.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  24. scott

    I get tired of the dramatic flair Anderson Cooper brings to his reports. The crying and all that stuff gets old. Anderson Cooper is like a boy that never grew up.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  25. Drew

    You people probably read the headline and nothing else (typical Drudge reader). The pentagon probably has a contingency plan for every conflict going on in the world. Or would you prefer they just sit there and make up reasons to invade another sovereign nation?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Drew - just tell me why the US is involving itself in Syria's affairs. It's no threat to us (which was the reasoning at least for going to Iraq). It's amazing the tendency, contrary to popular thought, how much liberals like to intervene in others business. Truman-Korea, Kennedy/Johnson-Vietnam, Clinton–Bosnia? and Obama–Libya. But as I write, it strikes me that libs like to interfere in others' business. On domestic issues, social security-Roosevelt, Medicare–Johnson and now Obama–ObamaCare.

      Aren't we lucky we got 'em taking such good care of us! God help us.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
      • Trent

        Gosh, Eric, as someone who linked to this story from Drudge I made it all the way past the headline, and down to your ridiculous comment.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
      • Trent

        And, by ridiculous, I mean spot on! I will never understand the thought process of someone like Drew.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Awe C'mon

      The plan I am worried about is the one Obama has them drawing up for invading US....you and me....did you read about the "beach assault" the military held this week? It wasn't practice for a foreign land either....edjamacate yo-self...

      February 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  26. krmckeon

    Can anyone point to the place in this article that says WHY the US would want to go to war with Syria??

    CNN can't say why, because Obama is trying to "fundamentally transform" the entire middle east into a Muslim Theocracy.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  27. myself

    ANYTHING to draw attention away from Barack Obama's record. Look over there – Syrians! Iranians! Pakistanis! Yemenis! Pay no attention to the people in the unemployment lines!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  28. Captain Obvious

    I wonder how Obama's supporters feel now:

    Guantanemo still open – promised to be closed in a month
    we're still in Afghanistan
    we bombed Libya, without consent of Congress
    we are now about to invade iran

    ...and they gave this guy a "Peace Prize" for simply showing up?

    hahahahahaha!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Awe C'mon

      You forgot....
      – Nailing the Rich with taxes
      – Rescinding the Bush Presidential orders across the board
      – No tax increases for the lower class (unless you smoke cigarettes)
      – Government transparency -- that ones makes me laugh until I cry....literally
      – Being a "uniter" not a "divider".....(my blood pressure is soaring)
      – Putting an end to war -- unless it is the INCREASE in Drone use by the CIA....by a BUNCH
      – Ending ALL EAR MARKS.......
      FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF--&($(#%.........this guy makes me want to puke. F-ing LIAR.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  29. UR3nigma

    Options? There are no options. It's none of our bloody business. Interventionism, wars of preemption and aggression–these are not American values–but whatever. I'll actually support military action 100% if it's done constitutionally. That's right, congress declares war and the president executes it.

    I say if the president goes about this unilaterally AGAIN–impeach him!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  30. mikejoh

    Remember Wolf Blitzer on Jeopardy? LOL. That dispells any myth that Wolf is smart.

    Why is CNN putting some of their buttons in Mexican? They really hate America that much?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  31. JT

    Oh calm down people...no way we woukd put troops on the ground in Syria besides a few spec ops teams to train up the FSA...at most you are looking at some cruise missles...perhaps some aircraft from Turkey...anything in Syria would be the Turks show...in which case some better pray for Assad...the Turks will mess you up if you piss them off...

    February 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  32. One Nation

    You think she could do something with her hair, with all the money they have? Cripe you represent the U S A, have some pride ! (well nevermind, no pride these days)

    February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • David

      Oh see is PROUD alright, Gay proud.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  33. stopthemorons

    Hill is really looking a little worn. It's probably from having to carry that trainee president on her back.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  34. Three3

    No big deal. It's their job to have a contingency plan on the shelf in preparation for most any sort of situation. We probably still have one for the invasion of Canada that we dust off from time to time.

    There would be much larger complaints if the need for one of these ever arose and it turned out that we didn't have one.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  35. Alex Scipio

    Sheesh.. I though the Democrats were going to STOP fighting wars, not START more of em.... Yemen, Libya, Pakistan.. now SYRIA? REALLY?

    Nothing in Syria is worth the life os ONE SINGLE AMERICAN.

    Iran is developing a nuke. That's worth dropping some bombs on (not invading .. if bombs don't work, the bombs weren't big enough.. we have some REALLY BIG BOMBS.... . But Syria? That's THEIR problem, NOT OURS.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Guy Macher

      Exactly right!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  36. psadie

    Well, here goes the Military Industrial Complex yet again. So now we are gearing up for Syria AND Iran. Did any of you military whizzes think about the VERY MAJOR THREAT at the Mexican border and Hezbollah, the drug cartels and WMD's? What would you do if something happens here in the USA while again our worn-out warriors are in another sandtrap? The American people will take things into their own hands at that point. Hell hath no fury when you have riled an American.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Tacitus Talks

      So it is the big bad Military/Industrial/Complex – and who is president????? I wonder oh I wonder who is the president? Wake up liberals? At least Bush got permission congress – unlike Barak Obama Caesar who starts wars on a whim.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • psadie

        I am not a liberal but a conservative. The Military Industrial Complex has lied to us about Afghanistan while saying we are winning when we are a dismal failure. Thank God for that brave soldier who stood up to them. Obama is a fool who will destroy our nation BEFORE he leaves office because he knows his days are numbered and time is short. Haven't you noticed how things are accelerating?

        February 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • American Patriot

      The only thing the average American is going to take into his own hands is a greasy burger, a cold beer, and the TV remote control, in order to cruise 500 cable TV channels. BURP!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • David

        And just what do you have in your hand?

        February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Ron

      Not to worry folks. Just let Obama do what he does best. Send him to Syria so he can do some more bowing and apologizing for the U.S.. That should do the trick.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  37. John M. Kelly

    Yet another war. Really. This is insane. Syria? No way batman.
    Beat those war drums you clowns. How about holding a war that no one attends. Say, what is Bill up to? Give him a gun and a plane ticket.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  38. Woody

    Not one dime, not one bullet, not one soldier. Enough with the nation building.

    When will we learn?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Attilla_the_Hunney

      Amen to that. Very well said, I totally agree.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • F the 3rd World

        amen

        February 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  39. reconmarine

    For a minute there I thought they were declaring war on the American people and the Tea Party. Add the Catholics and you can't fight on three fronts. Good luck with that Barry.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  40. allthingsluxury

    Sadly the war drums beat on.

    http://jimrickards.blogspot.com/

    February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  41. Captain Obvious

    Waiting for the "Peace" movement that had a hissy over Bush, calling for war crimes charges, to say SOMETHING against Obama.

    ...(sound of crickets chirping)

    February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • John M. Kelly

      I had a hissy against Bush. Obama is a clown to even think about another war.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Freemon SandleWould

      Yeah that is a whole pile of occupy isn't it?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Pennswoods

      I know. The "Peace Movement" has been very quiet the past three years even though our troops have been dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. They said nothing about the war in Lybia. The anti war churches and left wingers of all stripes who supposedly hate war don't seem to mind them when a Democrat is in the WH. Where has Cindy Sheehan been for the past 3 years????

      February 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  42. Stanley

    Let the Arabs slaughter each other. Less for us to kill later.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • David from San Diego

      You should have written, "fewer", not, "less". "Less" is to be used with indivisible subjects like water. Ex: "I drink less water than I used to." "Fewer" is to be used with discrete items or quanta. Ex: "I drink fewer bottles of water than I used to."

      February 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
      • Awe C'mon

        Ahhhh – English class is in session. "Glads I is gonna be in the front row of this here classes." (Wow, that felt good - I always disliked my English teachers....a smug bunch they were.)

        February 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • F the 3rd World

      good concept

      February 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  43. Denver

    Just think. Had the US followed the Cheney plan after Iraq, Syria and Iran would be smoldering piles of dung, instead of just piles of dung.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Freemon SandleWould

      Yes they are steaming piles of occupy.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Awe C'mon

      There IS something to be said for smoke....what would BBQ be without it?

      February 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  44. Timmy

    Americans know our government is controlled by globalists with an agenda that has nothing to do with protecting
    America.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  45. jimmycarter

    You bet Obama will start a war, that's what unpopular presidents do..

    February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  46. MM in NC

    Obama has to rally the country behind him as the election gets closer and what better way to do that than going to war?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Tacitus Talks

      But Obma is not that type of leader. His motivation rallies a bunch of loser leeches to demand more. Soldiers despise him in general.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  47. shirtsbyeric

    Isn't Iran sending 15,000 troop there now? let them handle it.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • JohnDave

      Here we go, butting in where we have no business again. Russia and China said keep out, no?
      So, we get out of Iraq, and start drawing down in Afghanistan (whether our military leaders approve or not – Nothing New) and now were going to go into Syria. Stupid. Unnecessary. Will cause much more trouble than it's worth. SNAFU.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  48. Mike

    So much for your peace prize Mr. axxhole!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  49. joe truth

    You can all save your G.I. Joe rhetoric about us doing the right thing for freedom. If we were out to do the right thing for innocent people, we would have done something to help the people of Burma, Darfur, etc.. We would not have supported horrendous dictators like Pinochet and Amin. Unfortunately, you are gullible tools of the government/media establishment and the last ones to figure out that the myth is not a reality.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  50. Ken

    Great,
    this is coming from from the same administration that cancelled hazardous duty pay unless our military is actively being fired on.
    He needs to be impeached.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • F the 3rd World

      thats true and the pay is calculated per day not per month as in the past!!! haz pay is 7.50 per day...........really?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  51. Desmond

    I want to stick my tongue deep in her Rectum.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  52. billybeer

    After being such DOVES when Bush was in office, the Oblamer and Hildebeast have certainly become WARRIORS, haven't they?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Jersey Dave

      Yes indeed. Of course the Iraq WMD stuff was based a lot on Clinton era intel too, but Hillary and BO never mention that much. We'll never know what else was taken out of the National Archives in Sandy Berger's pants either.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  53. Drew

    This is already more planning than was done for the war in Iraq.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      How many times did both of your mommies drop you on your head in your first year?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Shrugged

      You are an ass and know nothing about Iraq or the 7 million chances Saddam was given by the UN security council. There was extensive planning for IRAQ.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • P-rick

      You grew up in a house with lead based paint didn't you.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Charles

      Incredible how tools like you only believe what you want to believe. I'm sure you're all over The Messiah and his adaptation of the "Barney Frank" doctrine – Leading From Behind. Fool.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      Not surprising that all you can hurl are insults. I have facts on my side. You have WMD's.....oh, wait.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Awe C'mon

      Drew...another window licker from the little yellow bus.....BTW what are they putting in that glass cleaner anyway?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  54. rightwingwackjob

    What a bunch of hogwash.......does CNN really expect people to believe that the U.S.military has just now begun to formulate a military response?? I would guess that we have had on going contingency plans in the form of a military response for over a decade. This is all political posturing by the Obama administration.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  55. ADM

    Almost blew dinner when I saw the Hildebeast's picture.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • liberTea

      She looks completely unhinged..ha! Somebody...off with her hair for cryin' out loud. The woman needs a coif

      February 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  56. TJP

    Oh goody. Let's spend billions of dollars to replace a repressive regime with a bunch of radial Muslims who are every bit as bad or worse. If 70,000 people rioted here in the US and threw rocks and firebombs, do you honestly think that nobody would get hurt or killed by the police? What's coming from Syria right now smells like propaganda to me, and until we have actual eyewitness reports from our people on the ground, we should stay well away. We do not need another Libya, where we spent a billion dolllars to replace a dictator with people who torture diplomats to death.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • joe truth

      Simply put, a war overseas is the best and fastest way to make a whole lot of money disappear into unknown pockets.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
      • Shrugged

        And Obama needs more money. His stimulus spending to unions and green energy companies have not been enough.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • krmckeon

      Great comment!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  57. smg45acp

    Even with this war going on the murder (death) rate is higher in Mexico than in Syria.

    So why are not talking about invading Mexico?
    I mean if this is all about saving lives.
    Syria is another tar baby we need to stay out of !!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Shrugged

      We can't invade Mexico – they are better armed than we are thanks to fast and furious.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
      • psadie

        I agree. Hezbollah is there aiding the drug cartels while the money gets sent to aid these savages in their war against the USA.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  58. SMoore

    And when future generations ask historians "What happened?" the reply will simply be, "Too many of them believed the Politicians were telling the truth."

    You Obama supporters deserve this. The Nobel Peace Prize should never be taken seriously again.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  59. jethro

    Uncle Jed, Granny;s on CNN again.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  60. suanna king

    The United States should mind our own business for a change and stay out of Syria .Syria is not worth the lives of our soliders nor our military help. Any aid Obama wants to give them dont. We need the aid money to help our own.We have spent to many lives and money helping the mideast with no pogress what so ever

    February 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  61. Jpalm

    Hillary is such a waste of gravity!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • joe truth

      and of botox trying to defy gravity

      February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  62. Mike0oSS

    Glad my kids aren't in this military.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Snæbjörn

      I served in Vietnam (2 tours). My son is now 28, and I will not let my son register the draft nor will I let him join the military. I learned a lesson as a young man..Don't join the military because the politicians just play games with the military. The politicians screwed us as whores; they don't give a shit about "Us", because they only lie, cheat and steal from the public. I have dual citizenship so if the screw with me, I'll just leave never to come back. As a younger man, I was patriotic to the max...now, thanks to the disgusting politicians, I won't lift a finger to defend the US.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • Greenlantern

        Two tours also,I agree. what a let down. Judiciary is the problem.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • Bob Stevens

        Goodby-
        nice to see you raised a self reliant child (26 months in Nam)

        February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • freeordie

        WE THE PEOPLE are the ones who keep putting these clowns in office. You want to defend the country get off your couch and vote these traitors out of office. "All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do..........wait for it........wait for it......NOTHING. Wake up America! This country is being stolen right out from under our cholesterol saturated posteriors.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  63. Paul Roth

    Here we go again. When will the US figure out that we are not the world's police? There are other nations that can take the lead anytime they feel so inclined. I'm not insensitive to those in the region who are struggling. We silly do not have the money or the capability to mitigate in every situation that unfolds in the Mid East. Also, these countries typically do not like us. They use us for our money and to wage wars in their behalf and then they throw us under the bus. Just look at Iraq, Libya, Egypt. When will we learn?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Elliot

      Paul I couldn't agree with you more!!! They say one picture is wprth a 1000 words. Yesterday I saw a Syrian holding up a professionally (neat, clean, not had written) poster on a white poster board wrtten in blue and red colors (like red, white and blue) that said in ENGLISH."PLEASE HELP SAVE US". AMAZING THAT IT WAS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, NOT ARABIC, FRENCH, SPANISH. OR CHINESE!!! Apprently it was asking America to come help them.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  64. Jay

    Follow in the footsteps of Rome and you will surely fall like Rome

    February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  65. Sad Panda

    More war for the military industrial complex. The democrats will support it blindly because their man is president. The republicans will support it because that's what Jesus would do, right? Which way is New Zealand?

    February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • will sheman

      if the US is headed to war lets have Hilary have daughter enlist and be on the front lines

      February 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  66. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc,Int'l Intst'r

    but if there are billions of wrongs in such a short time span considering and then muti trillions of wrongs prior in previous time spans well you have to make some things right reallly fast don't you fucking ever think stupid ass chink who is just as nigger. my vigilante wrongs aren't wrong they are very right and right is all i am concerned with.
    yeh serial options – i need all kinds of those. yeh what kind of serial should have today – which serial should i choose –
    what serial numbers are appearing in my bowl of milk to read – where is the serial that wasn't too crunchy and broke up all in little peices when it fell on the floor and i stepped on it day and night by mistake – my serial was stahlin dated and there is no turning back – when the serial is too aerated there is no hope for nutrition and everybody starves – if serial was made to have sugar on it especially when it was made it would have come with that ingredient component included –
    Yes i did invent the first automobile and it did have a lebanese/phoenician name of duryea turn it around in the female gender spoken to.
    Yes i did invent the subway transit system, because of my hatred of travelling over the ambassador bridge as a young kid.
    BART police the Black (Guard funeral band arm)Bay ARea Transit Police Dept. of Oakland where police are murdering all kinds of blacks and others like that with wap types and germans. one who used a taser to kill an Oscar Grant youth but it turned out to be a gun with bullets that he shot; they probably retrofited guns to look like tasers because they couldn't get damages and the point across that tasers(which are strong laser guns) were torturously killing worse than bullets and had killed several in Canada but developed in that oakland/tech racket school area(stolen from industrial secrets of mine using silicone corruption plasticine valley as well) the Mersehle cop was tried spent two years in jail fo involuntary manslaughter the 30 million or so lawsuit by their family got used for other matters with repeat lawsuits, the Grant family got only 1.5 million. many other corruptions burdening the town not just that occupy oakland more recently, Mersehle's middle name was Sebastian and his accomplice cop was Pirone at the time who moved up here as well to do more crime from that california area but changed his name to Sebastian Pirrone using the other suspect cop's name and manages the fucking dirt hole gamer city hall co-conspiracy call center mob of british whore runner cleo who stole all kinds of my money multi billions each year while they sold blackmarketed and raped on kids with the humane society. he used my identity credit name given to me by my magazine editor employee as a facilitator. which was a positive character complement but Pirrone is a crime facilitator and mover. the fredericks name in the new police chief was part of their gangster gayster units too. but the last name is different and fredericks is the first name. poc cops with british soldier pocsters and pouchers of human stock and part of assange's gag and scotland yards gags and gigs. look upNational Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives directed by England's Black Guard – Noble directorsJessie Lee – Hubert T. BellOffice Complex 4609 Pinecrest Office Park (that horrible pine suffering source of trouble) Alexandria Virginia 703 658-1529 fax 703 658-1529 Marcia deVaughn manager Connects somehow too to the Herbert W. Armstrong, the Plain Truth radio fag religious program and magazine. i am pretty sure of that. i subscribed to it for a year at about age 14. Ted Armstrong the son fanaticing around too. Probably a Mormon shooting his rape stalker mouth off.
    there was no subway line installed until the mid sixties, they racket fraud recorded some jewgerman queer and his fags as inventing my escalator using my exact intelligence explanation of how i invented it and the slut librarians recorded it as having been in existence from the early 1900's which is totally false – it was only installed in the mid to late sixties. in hudsons bay store in detroit and other stores.elsewhere. extortions of technology products and development were done instantly using me and it is me who fueled the industrial modernization age the space age and the electronics age, General Electric which also owned NBC was a main extortionist criminal dealer company spying on me owned RCA Television also frauding me there for color t.v. knowledge and much else. they were also constantly in crime activity extortioning using military contracts for jet engines and such. except the light bulb of theirs was also used for Ford Motor Company and their crime is part of that companies and other car companies as well and IBM and they are also in AT&T with interests there as well. and stole my postal modernization inventions in my 70's time date with the liberal crooks in canada. again i have them on tape as i interviewed them about it. and the windsor star extortioned my story and was in on all kinds of extortion schemes as well. so were school british dog partners of the fuckup college and relgious brainwashing camps of george bullock in conjunction with the university crook crackpots who were part of their corrupitons constantly too. Rogers Communications in secrecy crime with crescent is part of their racket being a windsor crime center spy mover and they are bell as well and AT&T as i witnessed/from accurate clairvoyant and factual research forensic knowledge. the big corruption corporate leagues themselves have military might and do war monger massacreing, without the main u.s. military and defense department getting involved or making defense initiatives. Jimmy CArter remember is from the Virginia Black Law Enforcement Executives group – he is not a peanut farmer he is just treating my great values and intellectual property as worth peanuts. he is a filthy secret slut gamer mover. He stole my home development to front himself as not a english zion natzi polock type using habitat for humanity also uses my weaver's expo theme song and housing development pavillions of future homes which i created in my late grade school years as my future project. and which all the dog pervert black guard racket extorted and also made those prefabricated homes from which were also my inventions. GE bombed lebanon themself, as well in relation to my grade school age comment that i was going to rebuild lebanon when i got older after finishing school and inspired somewhat from a lebanese record i sang with. the star they see as well that predicts my self the holy child to be born again is the astrological reading star as well. biblical stuff is folklore fictionalized because it is only a symbolic discussion stealing my history and hiding my history to make it someone else so they can own all the holy works of my civilizing and governing and commerce and education intelligence etc. and artistry compositions/music and other talents. and i am always born a female and not a man lord. the issue of mine being a man is that they want to lie and steal it into a man being that because i am not born a man and i am always born a woman who is the lord and important prophet saviour and i am not from another area but that same area.which you extortion turned into a british natzi black market zionist dog slave land.and i am never a blonde blue eyed hooker slut stealing and pretending either. and i am never a black dark negro type either. the queen of england if not a dp kid stolen from my mother's sister group may be lord levitson's relative/wife and has two husbands or more, because somehow she is some kind of jew and jew game. the levite family creepy group being the mormon racist/zionist criminals brainwashers of the anglican aggression racket.
    the windsor library and others are jew crook run – lazarus family. and my relatives and others from that area aren't also me and great inventors etc. they are just foolery annoyances saboteurs and copy cat criminals too and cover up criminal partners too some by too much crime abuse intimidation etc. and some by jealous concerns. the country mid east empire of holy rule belonging to me wasn't ever lebanon it was Phonecia pronounced Phoneeshia (extractions of shiite islam religious fraudsters as well. Allegoric disclosure importance in the name of the country as well and its rights as mine she phone and the c used for the real christ and christmas april snow and not hoar hoarder crooks snow of your slut center areas.my relatives spied on my writings and investigations and stole to yap like they knew the real christian bible and god stuff etc. they were just evolving discussion and thinking from what i complained and wrote and clairvoyantly disclosed because also of its property rights belonging to me in every way. and i am not a chink here talking and working either. the phillipino neighbor nurse retired early for some strange reason, cause she was too young to retire another give away on her stalker conspiracy involvement. is a budhist phillipino and they used her or her relative as the buddha crap dragon breath pervert goddess of china.the phillipians are discussed as a chapter in the stupid racket stolen bibull but they aren't discussed or forensicly disclosed accurately. the stupid hooker christine nurse neighbor is much younger than her wap husband joe same name as my father joe. maybe he married his daughter kind of. he's the joe that sleeps with his daughter and had sons with his daughter.
    regarding Oakland their school teams are also raiders like the assumption all boys school that joined up with the all girls st. marys academy where i attended then for the last year was at assumption run by the franciscans (? i am not sure about that priest brother group but it had a residence area as well) and my brothers went their john tom danny paul my youngest sister went to d.w. lowe tech like my brother mike who joined the opp. but they both dropped out and later got upgrading due to restaurant work hours pressure which they couldn't fit school into. the others and me did get through our schooling and the older ones were at public high patterson. i dont' need tech training i already am tech invention savvy etc. and my sister does no invention type work or talks inventions or is able to psychic hardly at all though i tried to teach her. but she does watch a lot of t.v. and movie rental stuff and goes to casino stuff etc. she is just a regular consumer type. that worked her way into an auto industry factory supervisor job and her husband worked in auto type labor and construction, did work on that stolen chrysler head office that muscled t.d. bank out to own what i was planning with the weaver's and they and hurst's racket did all kinds of frauding and maybe my brother-in-law lost his sister because of involvement as a labourer on that chrysler building development. there was a lot of scandal in mishandling of funds related to the trust arm of managing that building – i forget now the name of that trust and all the crime members but they may be part of the oakland calif Pirrone crook facilitator dirt hoseing. remember also lee iaccoca is still active in chryslers in detroit married to english dog families and a big menace in my life. the teamsters that visited and later brought hoffa senior to meet at our restaurant in a group fo 12 approx. after which he disappeared were hauling cars for chrysler mainly deliveries back and forth. but it was strange operations and i questionned them a bit about why they took cars back from here to detroit as well as bringing cars from their assembly plants over to this area. in addition to questionning kind of creative conversation interests how they could be weighed in and inspected because there was too much transport traffic at the bridge and really not the space there needed to do that customs work. and the need for a larger bridge faciltity and such. i have a sensory interests faculty in my brain that causes me to interrogate/converse a certain way and come up with solutions and projects. Plus i am an investigative journalist and do ask those kinds of questions of interest and did get proven public exposure as such using our school paper, extensive work in many cases, but much not finished to print. and i mix my conversations knowing who is where with discussions of psychic astrology analysis etc. and my slut gamer aunt sue isn't me and couldn't ever be me because the other holy lineage person was still alive in her time and that can't occur hardly. and i wouldn't ever marry a blonde man, and hardly did much at all with a blonde man that i dated once then some other. i am not a blonde man's wife. so though that perfect looking cop may have had personal invasion or something interest i wouldn't date him or if so wouldn't be involved much or marriageable to him. i don't like a blonde man close to me that way. i planned to marry a dark haired tall man from my early teens. and i don't choose a certain type of perfect looking dark haired man either. i do not ever want anything to do with a mideast man for a husband either. i never dated any of those kinds. you have thick blooded ignorance and hate you. i hate orientals and pakky's and india men too. i hate you. i hardly ever care for black men either. to sabotage my relations so i end up marrying an arab type is fucking screwy filth in your slut dick ass brains.i told you and others that i hate you. i really just have educational research interest and psychic analysis forensic interests in people. i don't care for much company ever. i never had a lot of friends like my baby sister does. only one or two, once i had three classmate girlfriends. i don't really like family gatherings of immediate family much or want their company for long periods of time. i grew up with motherly interests for them but i don't care much socially or intellectually for them. i don't fuck to get income or be recognized i don't use fucky routines to win something and i don't cheat on my chosen mate and i don't care for letting those robbing him from me live after.i don't leacher date either.i am not like old bag pervert nurse bum lucette lusting after a guy half her age like he has to be her lover man.she goes on fantasizing publicly that he wants her wrinkled ugly pervert fag ass.you don't have money or anything he can bag with besides your baggy looks and activity.the guy french/native you all pervertmurder assaulted away from me is only six years younger than me(he may be more my age or older but is lying because he did hide some information from me for awhile but he is physically fit still except diabetic so that wouldn't give away any real age) and dyes his hair too and looks as old if not older than me when he doesn't dye his hair to cover the grey and not attractive much, too haggard and sick looking in his facial appearance only, except all that trouble made him impotent. you made up pervert lieing stories and libeled me every which way to use me in a meat game way and own all my holy and business property inventive rights and political party ownership rights and to cover and escape from all that imprisonment and punishment for what you regularly do even after being found out – you continue to do that filthy crime sleaze activity – repeat offendors with honors degree that you succeeded and all the stolen money you want to keep.
    tnymma-iii

    February 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • wow

      Insane much?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • vtwin

      James Joyce you're not. And "Ulysses" was much more comprehensible.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • J.R Dobbs Jr.

      Well, I think we've found the guy the Dems are grooming to be the next Jared Loughner. Hopefully they didn't buy this one a NRA Life Membership.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  67. mipolitic

    the only thing obama is looking for is the latest poll results along with many reasons why he should stay clear of the handy work of putin.

    February 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  68. Van the man

    US looking at options, so an azz kicking in Iraq and Afghanistan wasn't enough now you want one from the Syrians too LMAO!

    February 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      The U.S. military got their butts handed to them when they went toe-to-toe with a standing military and insurgents in Iraq and terrorists in Afghanistan? What planet are you from? I guess you're thinking that the U.S. is immune from any casualities when they put boots on the ground and that any loss of life on our side is a "butt kicking"? Really?

      February 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Captain Obvious

      er, what planet did you come from?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  69. Human with a brain

    ok so here is the deal, Yes syrians never liked us in the USA, but this is because of how they were raised and planted in their head, they never knew us well. It is time for us to show them who we are and stand by them. this will change our image in the world.
    We do not necessarily need to go with our military, but we can go and give them some air support, arm the rebels, have the middle east pick up and support financially and get other countries in europe aid with support physically or militrary.

    Lybia did not like the USA in the past, after the support we gave them, they have been forever greatful.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Omar

      Please, we do not want your help.

      In addition, America should take care of its problems at home first of which there are many. Expanding your empire through the doctrine of human rights protection will only bankrupt your country, but enrich the elites and military industrial complex.

      Remember Iraq? Both it and the USA were better off before the invasion, stop repeating your mistakes and put the American people first... after all that is who you are sworn to serve.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        You're sitting huddled in your home right now in Syria and want no help? Humanitarian or otherwise? How does U.S. humanitarian aid which eclipses all other countries COMBINED benefit the miltary industrial complex elites? You really think our aid in this capacity is motivated by money and profit? Do you know how to spell IGNORANT? I'll check back in to this article and the posts in about two weeks when you run out of food, water and toilet paper to see if you're posting the same self-defeating crap...

        February 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • David from San Diego

        Are you really Syrian? If so, the only Syrians who have sufficient internet access to post a comment here are regime-affiliated. So, I'm guessing you are an employee of the Assad Family Regime, perhaps at an embassy or in the Public Information Ministry. I CAN'T WAIT until Assad joins Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qadaffi.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • PB

      Really? Human with a brain. Where is it?

      February 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Ozlanthos

      Syria will not like us no matter how many bombs we drop on them, nor how many bases we put into muslim countries. If you think we are planning to go to Syria for any other reason than to cripple Iran's local allies, you are an idiot, and should really refrain from posting anything anywhere!

      -Oz

      February 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Rob Frey

      After the horrors that have been brought on the the world by some of these evils and the U.S. we are not innocent of it. I firmly believe the world should step in if the atrocities are as bad as they say. Leave the blood drone out it we have killed enough innocent people with them. We stood by in WW11 for six million Jews to be extinguished we did nothing in Rwanda the list is long. Maybe just maybe it's not such a bad idea to just take these leaders out although i am not maker and creator.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  70. Sam Syria

    PLEASE DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO MEDIA OULETS, POLITICIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS

    A message from Syria to the world, anti-aircraft missiles are fired every few minutes targeting homes neighborhoods, five straight days of shelling by Ass-ad thugs, complete families have been killed, homes and buildings are brought down, no food, no medicine, no electricity, no gas, the phones land lines have been cut off, the cellular phone service has been cut off.

    Children are crying everywhere, women are screaming in their homes, the whole city is surrounded by heavy tanks, pullets raining constantly without stop, if anybody goes outside their homes they will be killed instantly, they are waiting in their homes to be massacred.

    Every few hours the shelling would pause and the Ass-ad thugs would go door to door slaughtering families in their homes killing infants, babies, then their parents, stealing all their belongings, and then the shelling would resume.

    I am not pleading for help; my message to you is this: Syrians are not dying, its humanity.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Ozlanthos

      BULL$#iT! Not happening, and if it is, it is really the Israelis who are firing on you. The only people Assad is having killed are those who were funded by US-intermediaries to start civil unrest in Syria!!! The reason they are doing it is to weaken your country for when they decide to invade Iran. This is all bs, and we really need to stop letting our companies get away with killing other people for their national resources!!

      -Oz!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  71. Charlie

    There is 1 option. Stay out of it

    February 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Coward

      February 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • Joe Bite-me

        You are right, only one option with Obaba's poll ratings down, the only option is a war.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
      • Home D Clown

        no niggers for oil

        February 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • Ozlanthos

        Attacking a country without provocation of any kind is far more cowardly than leaving them to deal with their own problems. Of course I wouldn't expect you to pay attention to world events. If you had, you'd know that this is just more build-up for attacking another country that hasn't done anything to us or our allies (Iran), and that we started it because we want to steal Iran's oil too! If you think there is anything more to it, I suggest you sign up to the military because you will be fighting World War 3 over this crap if we decide to go in! MARK MY WORDS!!!

        -oZ

        February 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • revoltofthepatriots

        I'll be happy to pay for your taxi ride to the nearest enlistment center.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  72. Rabbit One

    Here's what I personally despise. The military of America is comprised of our sons and daughters; and yet the elite non-military (the special interests of America) are the only deciders when it comes to putting our men and women in harm's way as if they are mere disposable machines; and then to make matters even worse the elite educated classes in America then have themselves a field day verbally abusing the coerced work of the military: it is all very abusive – so I encourage the military young to disband and flee and allow the vampire elites and the educated to fight their own battles with their own blood and die or live for their own falsehoods.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Matt in ATL

      You do know there is no draft, right?

      February 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • tropicgirl

        Its an ECONOMIC DRAFT. Grow up.

        Now I have to puke after looking at the HAG HILLARY. What a gross, disgusting piece of crap.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Chris

      Wow, you're an idiot. First of all, congress has quite a few veterans in it. Not as many as it used to, but a number of them. Second, the military offers an option to many disadvantaged kids that don't have a lot of options – we'll feed you, clothe you, house you, give you a job and train you. In exchange for that, you might have to do the job of a soldier, and that could mean risking your life. You can't have one without the other. I'd like to see more done for the injured and damaged soldiers coming back from war, but save us your bleeding heart liberal spewage about how "the man" takes advantage of you. Or, find a different job.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • joe truth

        What do gulf war syndrome, agent orange, forced "immunizations" and depleted uranium munitions have in common?

        February 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • Ozlanthos

        You must live in a state booming with economic activity. The vast majority of our fighting force is recruited from areas like the one I live in. We have had 10+% unemployment for the last 6 years, making the military one of the largest employers of our young. Now that the rest of the economy is going in the tank, unless you know a higher up at a local company, your chances of getting hired are virtually nil. When no one will hire you, want to tell me what other choice we have than signing up to the military? Given that very very few of our officials in Washington actually have children or even grand children forced to sign up to the military, they personally risk very little, while those of us in the heart land are forced to risk everything in order to make a few of the richest people on the planet even richer. And if you think there is anything "right" or "just" about it, they have molded your brain to the point where you would kill your neighbor's kid without a second thought!

        -Oz

        February 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  73. Lord Haw Haw

    I'm a coward, and like copious amounts dick!

    February 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Congressman Frank?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  74. Alfa

    Let's get right into another war; it's so good for the economy, so good for the United States. And we' ll dmocratize the Syrians, too. Won't we?

    February 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      So... We should let innocent people die over finance and economic climate? Where is the morality!?!

      February 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • Buzzer

        Two words to statement, Rwanda and the Sudan...unless you have a preference of Arabs over Africans...

        February 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Edwin

        Amen!!!

        February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • Ozlanthos

        You obviously pay no attention to real world events. We are only out for Syria for one thing. We cannot attack Iran without cause. Obama is too big a pussy to take account for anything so either A) we have to have another 9/11 attack here (ie false flag just like the last one), so we can blame it on Iran, B) start up rebellion inside other arab nations in order to justify us being there and hope that Iran comes in so we can attack them. or C) pre-emptively attack Iran with their nuclear program as a justification, or D leave them alone to deal with their inner-bs without our intervention. We can't do A because the American people have figured out for the most part that 9/11 was a justification for stealing Iraq's oil. We can't do C because it will start WORLD WAR 3! So we are trying B, but everyone we have been paying has started ending up dead or arrested (see Egypt for details). This will fade away as soon as serious talks begin with Iran, but no progress will be made for our extortionist oil stealers....I mean "dealers". It will be for the best to just leave them alone. We cannot afford another war, and our capacity to participate in another World War, does not exist anymore.

        -Oz

        February 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  75. Bob

    I guess it is true that people have a short memory. In almost every single occasion in history when the US has turned its back to people in need, we have had to pay more in blood in treasure than we would spent in intervening.

    The US turned its back on Europe at the beginning of the World Wars and look what happened. The US turned its back on Vietnam when it asked for help in gaining independence from France and it soured relations into Vietnam War. The US turned its back on Afghanistan during it's strife after they beat back the Soviets and the Taliban took over. The US turned its back on Iraq after the action in Kuwait and we had to go back in to find WMD that weren't there. Intel would have been more reliable with stronger support in the region.

    If you have interests in a region and we do have one in the Middle East, you better control it, or at least help your friends control it. The future is too important to let it play out. Look at Japan, we stuck with them, and now we have a foothold and presence in Asia to curb Chinese and NK ambitions.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Thanks for posting an intelligent response amidst all this drivel.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  76. Robert

    Where do we get the audacity and presumption to think that it is our job to interfere in another country's internal affairs??? Good grief, what would we think if another country contemplated sending military forces into OUR country if we had internal troubles??????

    February 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • tacjam

      You mean like France did in our Revolutionary war?

      February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Randy

      Robert, if you saw a strong man beating a woman would you intervene? Would you help? If our country was experiencing genocide I would hope someone would come to our aid. We are so fortunate to be Americans and we are so blessed I think god expects us to protect his children of the world. I am a conservative but I believe the weak should be assisted if it is at all possible.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  77. Dave

    Think its time for some other country to step up and help with this one.
    When's the last time you saw Mexico, Brazil, Luxenburg, Finland, Belgium, or the Phillipines taking a turn?
    Or how about all those Arab nations stepping in and helping one of their own?

    February 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  78. AL

    this is how arab countries plan to hold us hostage. they maintain political turmoil in the region to keep the US involved causing us to have an additional need for oil. they inturn keep prices up, which in turn, arabs and rich americans who invest in those petroleum companies reap the profits. i rather go back to riding horses, bycycle or other source of transportation than to pay more for my gasoline.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  79. reken65

    Why worry about Syria? We have thousands of people being slaughtered south of the border. Juarez is out of control, and there is absolutely zero intervention. A U.S. soldier and embassy worker have already been killed along with bullets flying into El Paso, Texas and striking the University of Texas (UTEP) and the city hall.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  80. joe

    One carefully targeted and well timed tomahawk missle. Just one.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  81. JM

    Rest assured that the military has a plan; it may not be a popular one, but this dictator needs to be forcibly removed. Genocide should not be tolerated anywhere in the world.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Lolo

      Agree with JM.....

      February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  82. Randy

    Human beings are our business regardless of country, race or religion. Where there is genocide against the innocent let those of us with the strength come to their defense. What good is saving our country if our country is the kind of place that would allow genocide to thrive? What are we saving? I for one am an American and that means I am one of the good guys. I am a veteran and I say we help those poor people as quickly as possible. If the evil axis countries want to stop us then maybe it is time for ww3. We must not be intimidated by those who profit from the sorrow of others. We are Americans!

    Randy Wilson
    Randy803@gmail.com

    February 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • alfranken

      We can't save people from genocide and if we don't try that doesn't make us less of a human being. The truth is genocide is happening all over the world as we speak and Syria at the moment is a hot spot that is polarized. If we become a nation that is stratified into having to react to every hot spot then we become a tool for the rest of the irresponsible world that has the power collectively but sits by and does nothing. It's time for us to work on being the nation we once were first before we shoulder any more wars

      February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Randy

        One day I believe we will all have to face a greater power. When god asks me what I have done I want to say that I was a Shepard of the entire flock, not just Americans. I also appreciate this is my opinion and the wonderful thing about our country is no single person will decide the direction. As a veteran I believe I have earned the right to speak my opinion but please understand I do so with respect to all of yours. I would fight for the people of this country for their freedom and to stop the killing, but that's just one old soldiers opinion.

        February 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Jerry

      Well said!!! Also, regardless if they are anti or pro American, It shouldn't matter. If someone needs help against evil and injustice, we should always do the right thing and protect them; especially if you are capable of doing so.. Where is the humanity? America's military has more muscle than the whole Middle East. My only fear is that we could then engage in war with Russia as well.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  83. tacjam

    Seems to me I would find a gun before going out in the streets and yelling and screaming for my dictator to be overthrown. Day after day, these fools go into the streets unarmed and they get killed. Here's a thought, find some weapons, make militia's and fight! Nothing disturbs me more than seeing some stupid guy in the street with his kids, KNOWING that the Syrian Army will not hesitate to kill them.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  84. Alex_nyc

    It is AMAZING to see these people begging for help when hundreds of them were dancing, clapping, cheering and burning American flags in the street as the World Trade Center collapsed... why are they asking for help now? Let them solve their problems the best they can... we are not in economic or social position to start another WORTHLESS fight for people who later will point to us their middle finger, regardless of the money we spend and the American lives we sacrifice.

    And.... CNN, PLEASE STOP THIS RIDICULOUS COVERAGE of what is going on in there! ENOUGH!... And REMOVE THAT STUPID LINK IN ARABIC AT THE TOP! We are in America, and we speak ENGLISH... NOT ARABIC!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Matt in ATL

      Oh no, hundereds of them? In a country of several million? If you can honestly stomach the Syrian government pulling fingernails off 9 year old girls as a way to keep their parents in line than I'm not 100% sure there is hope for you.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  85. Beachklid

    Arab League can handle it. We have sold them enough weapons.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  86. B17

    It only takes over 7,000 lives for the US to begin looking at military options. It would only take one American life for us to look at military options. Syrians are just dispensable rag heads.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Huh?

      That's the funny thing about liberals...if any oppression of any sort happens in the US, the liberals are crying revolution. If it happens in some exotic place they know little about, they could care less. They clearly weigh human life based on their proximity. Absolutely disgusting.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  87. John Dunkel

    We have to stop being the police of the world and fix things in our own country!
    RON PAUL 2012.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  88. Jerry

    Mr. President, stay out of it (Syria conflict)!!! You have done enough damage to other foreign countries already; besides the damage that your ill-fated/clueless policies you and your moronic administration have already caused America! Don't sacrifice our service men and women for your adventurism and your trying to win (buy?) the 2012 elections.

    Again, enough!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Jeff in San Diego

      Jerry, where were you when we marched in protest of invading Iraq?

      February 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • Jerry

        Jeff in San Diego, if you must know; I was protesting too! However, I will not destroy my own country to try and get my point across. Got that Jeff?!

        February 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • jimw

        WHY DID WE INVADE IRAQ??? The ex-pres (idiot) has flip floped on that one so many times it has confused everyone...........

        February 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • KLF

      Idiotic rambling!

      February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  89. Charlie

    Let the Arab countries intervene. Why should the US do everything? and then when they help out they get criticized for lending a hand.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  90. AL

    remember right after 911, when they were chanting in their streets with lots of happiness wish us to have more days like 911. in all those arab countries they were happy about that tragic event. and some here have the nerve to claim for humanity.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  91. John Dunkel

    Nah, I doubt the U.S. will intervene. The U.S. doesn't have any significant oil investments over there that we could lose. Also they like to burn American flags. Now is the time it has come back to haunt them. Well, we could help those little guys for a sympathy bonus but right now we really can't afford to lose any money over this so basically we have to ask ourselves the question... will we help them just because they are people but lose money ourselves or do we want to keep our tax money to be wasted on something else and let them die?

    February 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  92. qwedie

    It's none of our business.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • BlueMaxxx

      Since when has that stopped us?

      February 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      Says the man who walks calmly by as his neighbor is getting stabbed in the street....

      February 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Dave in Portland

        I would help my neighbor, because my neighbor has never burned my flag or cheered as radical terrorists blew up buildings containing innocent civilians. Your comparison is invalid. You might want to put a bandage on that bleeding heart before it kills you.

        February 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
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