August 28th, 2013
04:38 PM ET

Warnings of quagmire in Syria as U.S. contemplates military response

By Tom Cohen

Haven't we heard this before?

With President Barack Obama examining how - not whether - the United States will respond to what it calls a major chemical weapons attack in Syria, some are warning of another potential open-ended war if America launches an expected military strike.

Obama's options appear to range from limited missile strikes in Syria to continued diplomatic efforts - what critics contend is a "do-nothing" approach.

While noted hawks such as GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona call for a robust response intended to weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and turn the tide of the nation's civil war, others worry that the inevitable result will be an inextricable mess.

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  22. USVET

    I didn't vote for the man but he is still our president. Everything that happens in the world is not Americas' fault, like most of you think. I read all the nonsense that you people put on these sites and I think it's a bunch of bull. I'm tired of trying to explain to you idiots why America must be active in foreign policy. No one hates war more then a soldier but some times it's what must be done. It surprises me on how everyone forgets why we fight. Is it for oil? To some extent. Or is to protect our interests? Sure. Maybe to fight for those who can't. We are america and as Americans we must stand for something that generations before us have fought and died for. Freedom from oppression and persecution, the right to pursue happiness and a voice of reason.

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    • George patton

      Such is to bet expected from someone like you with your obvious lack of intelligence! If the American soldiers didn't like war like you said, then why in blazes is he putting himself in harms way? The greater tragedy here is that since most American people are not serious affected by these obscene wars, they tend to look upon them as mere sporting events like Friday night high school football games with their "us against them" mentality". This is just plain wrong!!!

      August 29, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • USVETOO

      Well said .. When I trained for active duty years ago – we were exposed to limited amounts of gas – the sensation and pain inflicted on the body is beyond description - it is horrific way to die. We can either watch the show and do nothing – or " try " and stop it. We have the resources to mitigate this at least in some form –

      Setting aside the politics – the syrian people are some of the nicest people I have ever met.. It has an incredible ancient history – and I pray that the pain and suffering will stop

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      • George patton

        Of course it's a horrible way to die but can you prove that the Assad regime did it,? Of course not and quit believing that clown Obama. He just wants another war and has no regard for human life, none at all! Besides, is it truly any more horrific than our use of those ungodly drones, butchering people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen? Like you said, the Syrians are good people and do not deserve to be slaughtered by those godless cruise missiles of ours, which Obama is now planning to do!!!

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    • StanCalif

      The big problem is that we, the USA, just don't understand ME culture. When GWB sent his "shock and awe" into Iraq, it was presumed that the people of Iraq would dance in the streets, thanks us for removing their dictator and live happily ever after. "The plan" was to attack Iraq with a huge force, "free the people", then leave in 3 months! How naive! Our government "planners" had NO plan at all for what to do after the invasion. This was a critical mistake.
      Owning the biggest military in the world is a dangerous thing. We get drawn into conflicts with no idea what to do after the bombs stop falling! This "policy" hasn't worked yet, and never will. We must stay out of Syria! We can only make things worse.

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      • StanCalif

        Why was Iraq such a failure? Watch no end in sight, available on net*x.

        August 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • John McKane

      @George patton. George, just ignore those two clowns above. It's quite possible that USVET and USVETOO are the same guy trying to get some kind of rise out of us. If not, they have to be very are ignorant Tea Partiers!

      August 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  23. Fthkhjk Bfhtui

    Syria... God doesn't want it & Satan thinks Muslium dictators are doing to good a job too stop them.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  24. Fthkhjk Bfhtui

    Syria is as old as dirt...but it does not require it looks like dirt...unless people want Syria to look like dirt it might not...lots and lots of blame to go around and around and around again...here there and everywhere. Just so you know Satan loves Syria very very much.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  25. Barry Hussein O

    So, "John", please explain exactly how it is an Arizona senator who is to blame, and not a Muslim half-black president with a name similar to mine? Exactly who created the situation that caused things to get this bad in Syria? Now that Bush can't be blamed, it's McCain's fault? Man, your head is either really screwed up or it's a long ways where the sun don't shine...

    August 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  26. John McKane

    I feel very humiliated that this blood thirsty Senator from Arizona whose name is similar to mine keeps advocating bloodshed in the Middle East without end. This creep needs to be voted out of office but won't be due to the ignorance of the people of Arizona. This kind of ignorance is the one biggest threat that this country currently faces. Moreover, how does one expect people overseas to look upon us? We need to stay out of Syria and that's that!

    August 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply

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