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. chrissy

    Lol @ Kenny Rogers, i could give you the standard google it answer but i won't. Its over $16 billion, and more than the next 10 highest countries, COMBINED!

    August 30, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Excuse me correction. Adding in the costs that were kept from the public for the 2 previous wars the defense budget is at an all time high of $530 billion and accounts for 20% of all federal spending.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      And you don't think that getting in another war would raise the debt? Ha ha.

      August 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol, deleted already @ Kenny? That was quick.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    It sure looks that way.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Hi Mama that is about the size of this mess.

      August 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny Roggers

      Wake up dazzle, you're not at work.

      August 31, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Good Morning KR!

      August 31, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny Roggers

      Well 10/ 4 lovely lady.

      August 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Ummm no @ Larry, i do think it would raise the debt. That $530 bil jumped from $287 billion when the costs of those 2 wars was added in.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Ummm, chrissy, so you didn't say this? "And it wouldn’t raise it at all if we took it from the military budget."

      August 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zandie

    I see CNN's Bonzo is at the delete button again.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    There's nothing wrong with standing alone ... Israel has done it numerous times. I'm a little shocked but not convinced. I am, however, just as convicted to my opinion about Assad as I was two years ago.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Then there is the problem of the legality of Obama doing anything without Congress's express approval. Which he wouldn't get because Syria didn't do anything to the US.
      Israel can go to war with Syria if they so choose; they are quiet for a reason. They have superior weapons and a better trained military than Syria; why don't they go to war? Answer: because they don't want an Al Qaeda regime who wouldn't hesitate to attack Israel.

      August 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Dr. Kenny Rogers. (Waves)

      August 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Then there also is the legality of launching an unprovoked attack against a sovereign nation. Syria has never done anything against the US and IMHO would make us no better than any other enti ty awaiting trial in the world court. In fact, prior to the civil war there, you hardly heard anything out of them.

      August 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I agree. The budget is fixed to pay for the wars that we are already waged, not new ones. (I can't believe I'm agreeing with you, but correct is correct.)

    August 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope


    Its a BIG world out there. It's good to have family and friends.

    Here's hoping for the Children and their loved ones...


    August 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The fantasy is that children would fare better if the US got involved with Syria. They wouldn't. Iraq is a testament to that.

      August 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Keep lobbing those weapons of mass deception. It worked so well with Iraq.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    An article today by Dale gavalak & Yahya Abanek reveals that interviews with Doctors without borders, residents and other folks in Ghouta and damascus indicate that Saudi supplied toxins were used by rebels.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There has always been conjecture as to who actually employed the CW. This is one reason to be hesitant with US involvement in Syria.
      I said this two years ago: who is really the enemy here?

      August 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      We must remember that it is in all probability that the Saudi chem weapons were obtained from the US @ saywhat

      August 31, 2013 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    US Intel: Use of chemical weapons by Syria is not a 'slam dunk'. Kerry: 'we have evidence but we cannot talk about some of it".
    O.K so we go it alone as usual turning more of rest of the world our enemy. We bomb some military installations and buildings as doing more would most certainly elicit a response from Russia who is sending warships to the Med.
    And that would resolve the Syrian issue? It doesn't even pass the laugh test.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat


    August 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Yeah? I read they treated several injured rebels with anti-toxins after the attack as well as women and children.



      Saywhat... is THAT sinister, too?

      August 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    US Inte : use of chemical weapons by Syria is not a 'slam dunk'.
    Kerry : we have evidence but we cannot talk about some of it.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yep. Pro-war advocates need to remember this.

      August 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    O.K so we go it alone, as usual turning more of the rest of the world our enemy. A limited airstrike on some military installations and buildings is carried out.As anything more would most certainly elicit a response from Russia which is sending its own warships to the Med.

    August 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We should NOT go it alone. Espousing that idea is untenable. Syria has NOT attacked us. We need to stay the hell out of it.

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