WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’
September 8th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’

By CNN's Ashley Killough

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough argued Sunday that a military strike in Syria would not be a repeat of previous U.S. involvements in the Middle East or North Africa.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” McDonough said it’s “common sense” that the Syrian regime carried out the deadly chemical weapons attack last month that the U.S. government says left more than 1,400 dead in a Damascus suburb. He added the Obama administration feels “very good about the support” it has from other countries, though he wouldn’t say whether any of that support goes beyond moral backing.

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  5. andersonconsultings

    we heard that before, enough wars, while I am the first to say Assad should go, i would also say let's worry about the economy, and jobs, and not worry about Syria, worry about us.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  6. Random

    Yeah none of the people you showed your secret sauce to came out shouting how they agreed.
    It is also common sense that the db from the boston bombing did it,
    Also the guy who got his beard man handled in jail,
    Look, killing them straight out woulda been common sense too, and it would have posed no threat to the public doing so.
    Yet we paid for costly trials,
    The most likely answer is yes assad's side fired it. Did He order it or generals? You dont even know for sure he did it. All you know for sure is sarin is / has been used. Acting on that, with 'moral support' after being advised several countries plan to respond to it with no clear goals or objectives is just dumb.
    Chemical weapons are the issue. Supposedly.
    The only logical solution is to go in and take ALL the cw. Any thing short is retarded.

    September 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  7. StanCalif

    The mess in Syria is NOT our problem (the USA). This is something to be solved by Saudi Arabia and Russia! Both of these countries have much to gain or lose in Syria. This is a proxy war being setup for the US! "You" go to war, not us! Our Rolls Royce s don't come with missile launcher attachments! Our camels were retired long ago.

    September 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  8. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  9. Tom

    Most government and military officials are based in Damascus, and they would not use chemical weapons on themselves. Therefore, it really was the Syrian rebels who used the chemical weapons. It's just common sense. Politicians in Washington are either naïve or are not being truthful to the American people.

    September 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas

    Well if the Chief of Staff of the White House says it is not the same, it must be true.

    September 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      he is half right, it's a different country but the same s/hit.

      September 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • sylvia

      NYT had a good article called "Same War Different Country" which fits the bill. Everyone wants to sugar coat it but they are all messy and require money and time to fix. Glad we didn't get stuck with this one.

      September 10, 2013 at 12:47 am | Reply
  11. kgala

    It was interesting hearing the Chief of Staff say numerous times "The congress has not questioned the proof." That was like GWB saying "I was wrong but Congress approved the use of force!"

    September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  12. Walter Jasniewski

    The Whitehouse dispatches someone to go on 6 Sunday News Shows to tell us why we need to attack Syria, eerily similar to on year ago when the Whitehouse dispatched Susan Rice to explain how a movie was to blame for the MUSLIM world attacking US Embassy's and killing the US Ambassador Chris Stevens. We know that was a giant pile of B S to keep people focused on voting for Obama, and we still haven't heard from any of the survivors from Benghazi. This really stinks of corruption.

    September 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  13. George patton

    okay let's go then what are we waiting for?

    September 8, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply

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