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Why is military action needed?

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From page A6 | September 05, 2013 | 4 Comments

I am relieved that President Obama decided to take the situation of Syria to Congress for several reasons. First, it’s the law. Second, a full discussion of the role of the United States taking military action needs to include many voices. The people in Congress can hear each other as well as the voices of their constituents.

I am concerned, however, about what I read on the websites of Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. While they each show some restraint, I think that their support for Secretary of State John Kerry’s analysis is a bit hasty. I hope they will look for every possible way to respond with diplomacy.

Rep. John Garamendi and Rep. Walter Jones issued a statement on Aug. 28, calling for the president to take the matter to Congress for consideration. On Aug. 31, Garamendi commended the president for so doing. Rep. Doris Matsui is responding much the way our senators are, using the same language as Boxer.

I don’t understand why we think that military action is so needed in this situation when other countries have citizens at war with each other and we are not talking about attacking them. And, as a country, we are not above heinous acts, considering that we bombed Hiroshima, killing 90,000 women, men and children, and Nagasaki, killing 60,000 women, men and children.

I hope and pray that we won’t go to that path again with missile strikes.

Marilee Eusebio
Davis

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  • Noreen MazelisSeptember 05, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Congress has no obligation to save Obama's ego, which is what his "war talk" is all about. Now, if Obama had a real plan, e.g., kill Assad, give some air support to the "rebels, while allowing the "rebels" and whoever succeeds Assad continue to duke it out, that's one thing. But to ask Congress and our military men and women to save his foolish "red line" butt . . . no thanks.

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  • Clyde T.September 05, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Heinous act? That act saved over 1m US casualties. Get your adjectives is order.

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  • Noreen MazelisSeptember 05, 2013 - 4:42 pm

    Clyde T. & Rich: Marilee Eusebio is one of our local peace posers; they've still got a stick up their rears about Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

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  • Rich RifkinSeptember 05, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    "And, as a country, we are not above heinous acts, considering that we bombed Hiroshima, killing 90,000 women, men and children, and Nagasaki, killing 60,000 women, men and children." ...... The US use of atomic bombs on Japan was justified in no sense more than a humanitarian sense. Millions of victims of Imperial Japan outside of Japan lived because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Probably a millions of Japanese were saved because we did not have to invade and fight street to street combat. And thankfully, the lives of 100,000 or more Americans were saved because the war ended after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You seem to have no interest in humanity. Your interest seems simply to make yourself feel righteous by calling our act shameful, without really considering how much good it did for so many.

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