"Quite a chess match is ensuing; one quite frankly Obama doesn't have the experience or resolve for."
I personally don't think we have any business taking any action over there even if they did use the gas.
If gas was used then who ordered it's use??????????????????
We are not the world police.
As we have played that role for the past three or four decades while at the same time our housekeeping here at home has been lacking in almost all areas.
We have turned our backs on religion and Christian values and now we have moral decay in all of our society.
Puten is not afraid to go up against us and he just might know some things which our people don't know.
While America has been going downhill Russia seems to have been moving toward our old values and standards.
Our press locally and nationally has ceased to be the provider of factual information and taken on a Hollywoodish approach of entertaining the public with disinformation and brainwashing our uninformed people.
We are living in the most trying time of my lifetime.
By Holly Yan, CNN
Syria allies: Why Russia, Iran and China are standing by the regime.
Why it cares:
Two main reasons: One has to do with economics; the other with ideology.
a) Economics: Russia is one of Syria's biggest arms suppliers.
Syrian contracts with the Russian defense industry have likely exceeded $4 billion, according to Jeffrey Mankoff, an adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program.
He noted the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated the value of Russian arms sales to Syria at $162 million per year in both 2009 and 2010.
Moscow also signed a $550 million deal with Syria for combat training jets.
Russia also leases a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus, giving the Russian navy its only direct access to the Mediterranean, Mankoff said.
b) Ideology: Russia's key policy goal is blocking American efforts to shape the region.
Russia doesn't believe revolutions, wars and regime change bring stability and democracy. It often points to the Arab Spring and the U.S.-led war in Iraq as evidence.
Russia also doesn't trust U.S. intentions in the region. It believes humanitarian concerns are often used an excuse for pursuing America's own political and economic interests.
"Russia's backing of (Syrian President Bashar) al-Assad is not only driven by the need to preserve its naval presence in the Mediterranean, secure its energy contracts, or counter the West on 'regime change,'" said Anna Neistat, an associate program director at Human Rights Watch.
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"It also stems from (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's existential fear for his own survival and the survival of the repressive system that he and al-Assad represent. In Putin's universe, al-Assad cannot lose because it means that one day he, Putin, might as well."
Obama has stated that we "make our own decisions" He further states that a shot accross the bow might be all that is needed to curtail the current regiemes activities. Doing not enough is just as bad as doing nothing. Not sending a crushing blow will embolden assad and russia and further demostrate U.S. weakness. TOT you are right about the problems our country is expierencing; we have made some bad choices in the past. But as the the David Camereon stated; that should not curtail us from doing what is right. Make no mistake about russia TOT, their intentions are not good and are their actions are self preservation driven. The fall of the wall drastically changed the political and socioeconomic climate of the country. Uncle Putin is bound and determined to return to the Stalin days of old with America being its nemisis. He has played obama like a fiddle for five years; its time to change the tune. Like it or not sometimes it takes addressing U.S. interests and security abroad in order to keep it from reaching our shores. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 taught us that.
Let me get this straight...
Syrians are killing Syrians, so we're gonna go kill some Syrians to keep the Syrians from killing Syrians... Right?
Well maybe we won't be stupid this time.
It's about time Obama considered Congress before letting our military become engaged in yet another non-winnable misadventure.