August 30th, 2013
02:10 AM ET

Official: U.S. may take unilateral action

The United States may have to take action against Syria without the support of one of its staunchest allies, U.S. officials said Thursday after British lawmakers voted down a proposal for military action.

Washington respects the vote, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday.

"Every nation has a responsibility to make their own decisions, and we respect that of any nation," he told journalists in the Philippine capital, Manila.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    So now we are talking about a unilateral strike against Syria !? And the people here keep wondering why we are so hated in that part of the world.
    Let me ask this question. If we had an invading and occupying force in this country, killing ( or even not killing, just occupying ) our people on a daily basis, would just even the mere presence of this force be acceptable to you ?

    August 30, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No. And people need to get over the idea that it IS acceptable. The world looks at us in a different light since the Iraq debacle.
      We must stay out of Syria. They have not attacked the US in any way, and we have no cause to be there. It is one thing to send humanitarian help, another to attack a sovereign nation that hasn't done anything to the US.

      August 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hope

    Don't ask that of us. Butch did that all on his own. But I will say many people are happier under occupation than they were with Who's Sane. Believe it or not, our presence will be missed in Iraq... even more so in Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      Let them miss us. About time to get the hell outta there. Let the animals figure out their own dang problems. Point is. They never will.

      August 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Hope
    It really depends on which portion of the populace you ask about the occupation. Those that are in power now, most definitely are happier now that the occupation is over. Since the only stabilizing factor was removed from power, terrorist factions have been able to fill the power gap and it's been on a downward spiral ever since. It just goes back to the old saying, " If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    August 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Agree@bobcat and @banasy
    Surrounded by violent death , trapped in the crossfire of occupiers and 'insurgents' being bombed from above and killed on the ground, losing children, men and women on a daily basis. I don't know of any people who would be happy being invaded and their country occupied in this manner. 11th year on,

    August 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Its very easy to surmise that like those up on the HIll do , surrounded by comfort, safe and secure oceans away from the 'action'.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. norma

    we will see if you still feel this way if assad gasses thousands of men,women and CHILDREN! Wonder how you will feel when someone brings this horror to our own shores! If this goesa unanswered, its not if any of this will happen, but when this WILL happen. It may be 1 week, 1 month, 1 year or a few years, no question judging from past.{Hitler?}

    August 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ chrissy
    Not me above @9:10. But that is pretty much what I would say. The jacker just needs to learn how to spell better.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Use your own name jacker.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Excellent point @ bobcat. They most definitely would.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Not me @ 9:12 either @ bobcat. JR must be bored again huh? Reminds me of a song . . . .another saturnight and i aint got nobody...lol. Everytime i see him up to his hooliganism on saturdays i think of him singin that song and trollin cnn! Lol

    August 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lmao and there is noooo way i could post twice in one minute! Even if i am the text queen. Not me @ 9:31.

    August 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol @ George. You must mean "hooliganism" huh?

    August 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Lol @ mitch, gonna be a little difficult on a bycicle isn't it? Have fun, tool!

    August 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    Good post everybody. I couldn't agree more. Not me at 11:17.

    August 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |