Earlier this week, I announced my support for a resolution to give President Obama the authority to use limited military force in Syria in response to Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons that killed innocent civilians including women and children. It is never an easy decision to authorize the use of military force, but in this case, America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), especially by a terrorist state, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.
No. We do not have a dog in this fight. Our national security is imperiled, should either the Sunni or the Shi´a be victorious in Syria. Both advocate Muslim theocracy and the destruction of all infels (that would be us). cantor´s argument is bogus.
We have a compelling national interest to stop sticking our big bazzoo into the rotten middle east. How in the world would a limit missile strike and bombing without ground troops make ANY changes to that ´terrorist´ state, what about the terrorist rebels we´d be supporting?? We can´t topple Assad without ground troops! And if we got him out of power what would replace him?? How is America any safer after this?? This crap has got Russia and China riled up against us now too! Enough!!
Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and Susan Rice (now Obama´s National Security Adviser) all actively misled the American people about the Benghazi attack. They blamed a video for inciting a "spontaneous protest," when they knew it was a terrorist attack.
And that´s the point. Even when they KNOW who the bad guys are, they can´t be trusted to tell us the truth. Which explains why they´re still calling the Benghazi terror attack "workplace violence."
Eric Cantor is my "representative" , not that he represents me, ever, but this is a very conservative district and for sure almost every thing he does lately is met with a barage of NO ERIC NO´s...Syria, defunding Obamacare, immigration.
Used to think he was positioning himself to run for President, but now cannot figure out what he is doing, except letting all of us down.
He seriously needs to go, but that incumbent advantage works for him every time we put someone truly American and conservative against him.
This of course is nonsense - unless the national security interest in question is defined as staying OUT of the civil war in Syria. One can only wonder what is wrong with people like Cantor. He thinks that an attack by the U.S. on Syria will promote stability in the region? It is probably the most destabilizing action we could take. This man has spent years in politics and is presumably familiar with world events - and he thinks that the way for the U.S. to stabilize the Middle East is to attack Syria?
One unexpected benefit of the crisis over Syria is that it allows us to identify those like Cantor and Boehner and others who can no longer be trusted to represent us. Of course there were doubts about these people long before now - but their stance on Syria cinches the deal. They should be scratched off the list of champions of the American cause. I don´t think they are malicious, just clueless. Which is worse is hard to say. Either way they pose a danger to national security. Voters need to remember and remove them from their positions at the next election.
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