September 11th, 2013
03:54 AM ET

Point/Counterpoint: Obama's speech on Syria

In his speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama hammered Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons, made the case for a military intervention, and then said he'll let diplomacy play out - for now.

The assertions Obama made weren't new ones. Both he and the White House have said them before. The difference? A majority of Americans who watched the prime time address said they favor the approach he spelled out.


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  1. Mary

    Israel is most Pleased that she doesn't have to be turned into a glass parking lot in order to get everything she wanted all along, to get Syria to remove her Chemical Weapons. Yesterday Quote: " A senior Israeli official commented on the international bid to remove chemical weapons from Syria, saying "this is the best solution also for Israel. Everyone is now playing their own game, but everyone's interest, including Israel's, is to destroy Assad's chemical stockpiles without going to war."

    September 11, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    They've been jumping up and down about how Syria's chemical weapons are a threat to it more and more over the last few years years, so don't tell me it's about Syrian children.
    Syria said it possessed an ‘answer to Israel’s nuclear threat’; people who read between the lines understood this meant Syria now possessed non-conventional weapons.

    September 11, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    In 1992, Syria refused to commit itself to the elimination of chemical weapons.

    September 11, 2013 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Assad rejected American British demand for concessions on Weapons of mass destruction (In exchange for not being attacked), saying Syria has a right to defend herself

    September 11, 2013 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Being blocked. Will finish later

    September 11, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    He said Syria would agree to destroy its chemical and biological capability only if Israel agreed to abandon its nuclear arsenal..

    September 11, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      He called on the international community to support the proposal Syria presented to the United Nations last year for removing all weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East, including Israel's nuclear stockpile. "Unless this applies to all countries, we are wasting our time."

      September 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Under the pretence of caring about the Syrian children: Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor ominously said at the General Assembly "We should not pretend that a regime that cuts the throats of children today will not be prepared to gas them tomorrow."

      September 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      9 september 2013 Moaz Khatib while head of the puppet regime in Turkey 11 November 2012 – 22 April 2013 said "western official" asked him about giving up the chemical weapons. (If they put him in power

      September 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Notice how Assad is facing the same as Khatib did. Love how the Americans stick to the script. Isreal's a very tiny state and can be taken out with one swift nuke.

      September 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @ chrissy

    If there are any winners in this game, it would be the ones who left Syria... And its oppression behind.

    September 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Isn't it funny

    How Hope and Mary are never on the same story, seeing as they have the opposite position? L m a o transparent L m a o

    September 11, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Yea aint it? And why the post at me Mary? I havent posted on this thread nor have i addressed you so can it would ya!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    Mary... The Mother of gaud. Amazing!

    September 11, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Holy Mary, Mother of God. Have some respect. Thanks.

      September 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hope

    [BOOs from the crowd]

    September 11, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    Assad is sitting on the can... As it should be. Let the CeLeBRaTiOnS begin!

    September 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. karabos

    Reblogged this on dtobas.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    If Syria gives up the chemical weapons, the world will be pleased. Israel isn't afraid of Syria, and never has been; Israel can flatten Syria with one well placed strike, and Syria knows it.
    I hope Syria acts accordingly.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dallas55

    Realistically, what are we talking about? Dempsey estimated 70,000 troops required to secure the ammo supply points and convoy routes to a debarkation point, probably the seaport Latakia under substantial control of the Russians. What forces are doing this, with whose money, to be destroyed (presumably incinerated) where with what verification? This may well take years, occurring amidst an ongoing civil war? Completely agree that it would be a great outcome, but will believe it when I see it.

    September 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |