September 12th, 2013
04:17 AM ET

Syria civil war: 5 things to watch today

The United States isn't leaving anything to chance.

While it pursues a diplomatic solution to the Syria crisis by sending U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Thursday, it has also started arming the rebels. The rebels, though, say the arms have yet to reach them.

Meanwhile, a Vladimir Putin-penned editorial in the New York Times has at least one White House official saying it's an indication the Russian President is "now fully invested in Syria's chemical disarmament." And a U.N. report says that both sides - the regime and the rebels - have committed war crimes in the bloody two-year-long civil war in Syria.


Filed under: Barack Obama • U.S. • World
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  1. saywhat

    Unfortunately@Scottish Mama, the lying game got to our fields also in a rather big way beginning 9/11 and credibility got the boot.
    Reason the world does no longer take just our word on these matters. Its an even playing field, if you will, now.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Time to mow the fields and turn it over for a new crop.

      September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    All said and done what we Americans have to decide is simply this.Do we, should we go to another war while the old ones are festering?

    September 12, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    If its NO then let the Congress and WH know. If its a YES well then que sera sera. To borrow from our friend@bobcat.
    Have a good one all.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    @saywhat- I am nolonger worthy to be able to post.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Govenment is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
    Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

    September 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our govenments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days govenments had better get out of the way.
    Dwight David Eisenhower

    September 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own govenment, that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them rights.
    Thomas Jefferson

    September 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    In order to rally people, govenments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
    Thich Nhat Hanh

    September 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Very good Scottish Mama your 2:08 post. I believe more and more people are waking up to the fact that the US repeated the same script since 911 with various false reasons to invade and occupy with the true goal being this pipe line they so badly want.

    September 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      As with Putin he says we are not special, but he believes his people do not deserve any rights, but he does. He and our government see themselves with grandeur.

      September 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy
      made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy
      when Bush needed a "weapons of mass deception" excuse.
      It's ALL smoke and mirrors.

      September 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Well said@Scottish Mama
    American spirit, thank God is alive and kicking to read posts from the likes of you@banasy@chrissy@bobcat@dazzle and others.
    And yes Dwight D.Eisenhower had warned us of expansion of MIC and militarism back in 60's.

    September 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    Thank you Scottish Mama for the quotes from Tolstoy to Jefferson. My husband got the call from DWOB that I dreaded. He leaves tomorrow evening for up to a 3 month stint. This nonsense in Syria is such a waste and will hit the taxpayers yet again. SMH...

    September 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    @banasy and we both thank you very much.

    September 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    @banasy- flip floppers? They would not let me post under Mary to u.

    September 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Mama: just that it's awfully convenient to paint the guy bad when the opportunity is right. These guys think we are stupid. We're not. They would do well to remember that we do have memories, and not to count on everyone being as gullible as people were in the past. The 'net has aided us enormously on that front.

      September 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    @Dazzle- Welcome. You know my feelings on the subject also, I second the banasy motion. I assume my nephew will be going soon also.

    September 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Both@chrissy@Scottish Mama
    Our prayers will be with the husband and the nephew. May they be safe always.

    September 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, saywhat, except it's dazzle's husband who is going; chrissy is unmarried.

      September 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
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