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September 4, 2013

ROOT: Enough with the war stuff already

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — OK, let’s look at this whole Syria thing rationally and try to get a grip on the situation before we actually do anything. First of all, I am hearing conflicting reports on who actually gassed those poor people just outside Damascus. I am hearing that it was the Syrian government, and then I am hearing that it was a Saudi delivery system that was accidentally activated by the rebels. Either way, we really won’t know anything until the United Nations gives the findings of its survey of the area.

The president said that he is going to debate the issue with Congress. That’s great, but he didn’t say what would happen if Congress gave the thumbs down to bombing Syria. The president claims he has the legal authority to do whatever he wants in Syria, but he prefers to talk it over with Congress. The actual truth is that neither the president nor the Congress can do anything unless Syria’s actions are considered a direct attack on the security of the United States. I think that what happened to those people in Syria was awful, but it is not a direct attack on the security of the United States. That is especially true if it was done unintentionally.

Why do we have to do this anyways? We are not the only country in the world that agreed on the current international guidelines for banning chemical weapons. Great Britain said that they don’t want any part of what is going on. What about Germany, Spain or Italy? I have not checked, but I believe the French have already surrendered unconditionally, so they will be no help. But why us? Why do we feel it necessary to police the world when we cannot police ourselves?

We have millions of people living below the poverty line and starving to death all over the United States. Millions of people are without jobs and we face a small business Armageddon with the pending changes being made by Obamacare. The country’s infrastructure is falling apart. There are tens of thousands of bridges in the United States that are unsafe for travel, but they are being used every day by people going to work and trying to survive.

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