Menendez: Time to 'tip the scales' in Syria
June 16th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Menendez: Time to 'tip the scales' in Syria

By Ashley Killough

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday President Barack Obama was making a sound call in his decision to provide military support to Syrian rebels and suggested such support should include taking out Syrian government airstrips.

"The reality is, we need to tip the scales, not simply to nudge them," Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, said on CNN's "State of the Union," adding that any involvement would best be done with U.S. partners in Europe and in the Gulf region.

"A lot of what we can see done can be done through our allies," he said.

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  1. George Winton, Vicksburg Mississippi

    The Syrians hate our freedoms. Therefore, we need to attack and bring the entire country to their knees. We then need to follow up in Iran which is also a dangersous threat. At the end of the day we should thank God that we live in the United States of America the one and true great nation on earth. God bless the United States of America !

    June 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  2. EdL

    We could have tipped the scales in Syria, now it is too late. Instead of taking action, Obama laid down his ridiculous Red Line, taking the U.S. out of the goings-on in Syria. So 93,000 died so far, never mind. We have our own losses here in the U.S. a dozen here, a little more than a dozen there, etc.

    June 17, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  3. don smith

    I seems Iran is in Syria with thousands of Republican Guard. Is it not time to take out IRAN before the attack Israel

    June 17, 2013 at 5:05 am | Reply
  4. Portland tony

    There was a time in the not to distant past, when we as the US (Read CIA) could pick and choose the leaders in countries like Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iran.....etc..... And the populations of these nations would love us (and our money) for it. Too bad democracy had to touch their borders!

    June 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      What democracy are you talking about, Portland? You don't mean like a U.S. backed pseudo-democracy controlled by the stinking C.I.A., do you? No true democracy is controlled or manipulated from the outside and that's what makes Iran the most democratic country in the Middle East, if not the only true one!!!

      June 17, 2013 at 5:04 am | Reply
  5. George Patton-2

    I wonder just how much in kickbacks this creep Robert Menendez is going to get for saying what he did. Anything for a lousy vote!!!

    June 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Phunnie boy, first time we are on the same side, Bob Menendez accepts free trips to Dominica Republic, of course in private jet only, and couple of 17 years old hoo kers for the change.

      June 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  6. Gtown

    I don't know about this. Making any deals in the Middle east is a disaster in the making.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  7. Breeze

    Just let them kill each other. They have plenty of arms. If the congress wants to arm rebels there are a lot of us here that want OUR country back.

    June 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  8. thelegaleagle2013

    Reblogged this on The Legal Eagle and commented:
    So, he wants the US to declare all out war with Syria then? Oh dear God.

    June 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply

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