August 30th, 2013
04:05 AM ET

UK, U.N. and U.S. get jitters over Syria

Going it alone against the Syrian government is not what President Barack Obama wants, U.S. Secretary of State Chuck Hagel said Friday.  But that scenario is looking more and more likely.

A day earlier, the United States' closest ally, Great Britain, backed out of a possible coalition. A U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria ended in deadlock, and in the U.S. Congress, doubts about military intervention are making the rounds.  

Skeptics are invoking Iraq, where the United States government under President George W. Bush marched to war based on a thin claim that former dictator Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

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  1. saywhat

    And that would resolve the Syrian issue? And the M.East would be quieter ? Assad would go and all will be kosher?
    Have the policy makers turned absolute fools?

    August 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    As for Congress approval, let me tell you that the bunch up there serving foreign interests is active already in getting behind an attack on Syria disregarding other voices of reason and public sentiment.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I doubt the Senate will agree. McCain and Graham doesn't have a whole lot of support left.

      August 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @saywhat- Do you remember months ago when I told you we were going to war? I hope Obama gives us the real angles on what is going on. Who do we look to on the hill? I really do not know anymore. Maybe noone represents us anymore. Is compelling evidence, fact? We as a nation should be damn sure before we go to war.

      August 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Only about 9% of the US citizens want to go to war with Syria. The Hill would be wise to actually represent its constituents instead of the MIC, for once.

      August 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Others posing as our allies stir up trouble and we rush headlong into promoting their agenda. Proving what ?

    August 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Folks, i know i keep on harping on the same theme but this concerns us and our coming generations and this great country of ours the destiny of which is somehow being guided by mind and hands not ours.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @saywhat- the factions and different types of peoples in the mideast make it hard to even know what will evolve out of any new government. You are right.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    Saywhat'

    Do tell... Do you hate peeps?

    Or, are you just Anti-American?

    August 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Since the current military budget was inflated to include arms to the syrian rebels then no our debt would not increase by discontinueing that and providing hum an it arian aid instead!

    August 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry

    Have you a link for that? Because it isn't true.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    I am rather surprised at this jab of yourn my friend@Hope.
    Pray tell which true American would want us mired in perpetuity of war, death and destruction, creating enemies , destroying ourselves in the process? Do you think that is patriotism?

    August 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Saywhat, the only people that do that are the people who equate "war" with "patriotism". You are FAR from anti-American.

      August 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Yes@Scottish Mama ,i remember.
    I have been saying the same thing for some time now, more wars on the horizon to the chagrin of some and often being labeled as a pessimist. And now anti-American.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      But we know better!

      August 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @banasy.Agree.
    but besides the paucity of anymore funds to feed more wars there are other dire consequences none of which serves our national interest or geopolitical positioning.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @chrissy@larry
    US has pledged financial aid to the rebels to the tune of $250 m and that is of course is factored in the budget. McLatchy has details.
    How much of that has been delivered is an unknown though State admits delivering most of it. And that is besides humanitarian aid.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    further comments blocked

    August 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @chrissy@Larry
    US had pledged financial of $250 million to the 'rebels', besides humanitarian aid. McLatchy's Washington bureau has details.
    How much of that has been delivered is unknown.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Thanks@banasy
    Its simply love for this country that drives us to voice our concerns . the alternative is to go about our business uncaring and unmindful of which direction we are driven. This good ol' US of A not some Banana Republic.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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