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Oppose military action with no clear military objective

Posted: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Recently I watched as our president stood at the podium on the patio of the White House and announced his decision to seek congressional approval before unleashing military action against Syria.

His demeanor struck me as that of a petulant child attempting to appear magnanimous instead of the demeanor of a world leader.

Obama stated that he wanted Congress to be invested, but he couldn’t seem to resist saying that he believed that he has the authority to act without congressional backing.

He took the time to express his disappointment in our allies.

Obama continues to claim that the atrocities that occurred are a threat to our own national security, but he doesn’t explain why. 

During his short speech he admitted that we cannot stop the civil war in Syria, nor can we remove Assad from power. In other words, he wants military action without an objective.

No matter how you slice it, the result is a lose-lose position.

The political climate in Syria has deep and complex roots. Military action on our part might send the message to others that we support people we should not support.

Rebel fighters come from different camps, and some of these are not our friends.

We must take a cue from our allies and the United Nations and just say “no.”

Citizens are not without a voice in this matter. I urge every citizen of Santa Clarita to contact Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon and let him know where you stand.

If need be, remind him that mid-term elections are just around the corner. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.

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