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House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Syria Turns Into Benghazi Conspiracy Sideshow

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Secretary of State John Kerry had a tense exchange with House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican member Jeff Duncan today as he was being questioned on the Presidents request for the use of military force against Syria. Representative Duncan stated that he does not trust President Obama to carry out the mission appropriately because of Benghazi, NSA, and IRS "controversies." That prompted a heated response from Secretary Kerry stating that he was "...not going to sit here and be told by you that I don't have a set of -- a sense of what the judgment is. We are talking about people being killed by gas and you want to go talk about Benghazi and Fast and Furious."

    I do have to wonder how some individuals receive the committee assignments that they get. We are debating going to war with another country and this congressman has the audacity to say that he doesn't trust the executives ability to carry out a mission because of cooked up controversies that have no validity to them. Anyone that cares to research them outside of the media's talking points already knows that these are cooked up controversies. If they weren't, we would have heard about it by now.

    That is not to say that I'm 100 percent on board to the proposed war with Syria, but I am questioning why our congressmen can't debate the war on its merits and refrain from bringing up debunked conspiracy theories as an excuse to oppose intervention. There are plenty of reasons to be opposed to going to war, I just don't believe this is one of them.

    Thoughts on the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing today and if we are likely to be going to war with yet another country again soon?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    ..."going to war with yet another country again soon?"...

    If President Obama and Secretary Kerry are to be believed then the answer is YES, they seem very determined to go through with this military strike, no matter what.

    Todays performance by Duncan was a sidetrack from the issues at hand but it was President Obamas overwhelming threats to come to military action that gave this Congressman a pulpit from which to rehash these issues.

    Rep Duncans fault, but Obama and Kerry gave him the opportunity.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    4 dead Americans in Benghazi and hundreds of Mexican Nationals and one of our own Border patrol agents killed with those weapons are not cooked up controversies, also the NSA and IRS scandals are real and in question are the real purposes of those ventures by both of those Agencies, and according to President Obama he is only giving the Congress the courtesy of a request, if they don't do as he asks, well, he will go on without their approval,. The Senator's distrust of this administration is what he was alluding too when he mentioned those other instances because when the Administration was telling everyone ,nothing here, move on, there was something there and it wasn't moving on no matter how long it was ignored.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    What about the 16 dead in Sana'a, Yemen on 9/17/2008? Or the six dead in Istanbul, Turkey on 7/9/2008? The list goes on and on and on throughout many administrations. If every American that was killed in a diplomatic compound turned into a massive conspiracy, then we have an endless number of conspiracies out there. Where is your vitriol about the American diplomats that were killed in terrorist attacks during the Bush administration? Or during Clinton? Or Bush one, etc?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Vitriol! What vitriol, I don't do vitriol, I do question the decision making process and the logic hopefully being applied, but there is not anything caustic in my remarks. Although I am not a fan of this President but the leadership qualities that he shown thus far are severely lacking, refusing to take any responsibility for any of his or his party's mistakes/ miss-steps is proof of his lack of leadership abilities, and his ability to place blame on others is starting to wan. Now there is nothing caustic in that posting.