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USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges

USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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I liked this video because it showed the past presidents and how they dealt with foreign affairs and war compared to how Obama is dealing with it. I think that Obama should be cut some slack though because this is a big and difficult decision that he has to make. I definitely agree that we have to intervene, we cannot let genocide occur, we cannot watch this happen. But, although Obama wants to conduct an air strike on Syria, many of us don't agree and think it's a bad idea.

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Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:49 AM

Seems like avery presidential address arouses my inner patriotism just a tad bit. 

George's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:17 AM

It's quite interesting seeing how Obama's address is compared to other presidential addresses all dealing with a request to go to war. Obama is faced with the challenge of persuading a country that's tired of fighting wars to rise up once again to act as the world's policemen. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:13 PM

This poll does not surprise me in the least; in fact, I am among the majority who oppose United States military action in Syria. The United States has its own internal issues to attend to, and spending money and resources on unnecessary actions can only further our troubles.

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Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria

Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Syria and Obama: Wrong time, wrong place, wrong plan, wrong man, argues Peggy Noonan.
Holly Kapp's insight:

I completely agree with Noonann in that a military response would not be the right response and that we should do something different. But something must be done, otherwise we will be witnessing genocide much like what happened during the Holocaust.

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Will Levine's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:35 AM

This country's response was very good in my opinion in the respect that the majority of us do not want to go to war with Syria and activate our military action. Obama seems to be not fully clear on how to deal with the situation although I admire his decision in not going to war and to do this in a peaceful way.

carlosdgarcia's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:16 PM

Noonan is right. There is no need for a military intervention. There is nothing to prove, it won't do anything besides have American causalties. Something DOES need to be done though, and the best thing could possibly be what the pope said. Punish Assad and whoever else allowed the chemical weapons to be used. And who cares what Iran and North Korea think. Let them judge.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:50 PM

I thouroughly enjoyed this article because Noonan had very STRONG points that I agreed with. This helped me decide that I do believe that the military strike is probably not the best solution. Noonan brought up a good point that no one should question our power as America and no one is because it is very known that we are a strong nation. So that shouldnt be a reason at all for taking the strike. 

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Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval

Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.

Via Teresa Herrin
Holly Kapp's insight:

I'm going to have to agree with Senator Cruz on this one. I believe that taking the military attack route would be a mistake because it might cause more wars to outbreak because there is already enough tension in the middle east. I also believe we would be as Cruz says "serving as Al Queda's air force" if we were to conduct air strikes on Syria. But what I don't agree with is avoiding involvement in Syria as a whole. I think we should be involved with Syria but not in the military sense in other ways that don't involve military attacks, because if we don't intervene and tell them what they did was wrong, bad things are just going to keep occuring.

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Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:19 AM

Cruz spoke very well for the majority of the speech: he made a reasonable case about why an attack would not work. But he faltered on two points. One: The state of Texas, vast as though it may be, does not represent the United States. Two: It's almost become customary of Republicans to bring up Benghazi whenever possible. It happened, nothing short of a full-scale operation and the ability to see the future could have prevented it, let the American dead rest in peace.

 

Also, the longer you show the US not supporting innocent civilians, the more and more radical these "Islamic terrorists" will become. Cut to the chase - or in this case, a missile strike - and nip the thing in the bud before it grows too big.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Cruz makes it clear that he does not approve of military action in Syria. He believes a strike would aid rebel forces with links to Al-Qaeda. The strike may weaken Assad, but it would only give rebel forces an opportunity to swoop in. His precautions with the attack are plausible. I like the point he made about how OUR US military is not Al-Qaeda's air force. They are here to defend the United States.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:16 PM

This video shows how complicated this whole situation is, and I had no idea how opposed the public was to involvment in Syria. Is there is a way to reprimand him without a strike? War crimes need to be reprimanded, but does this mean we have to go to war? I was all for involvment, but now I'm really questioning whether that would be the right thing to do.

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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on NBCNews.com

3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on NBCNews.com | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: A Meet the Press roundtable forecasts the pressure on this upcoming week for the president to make his case for intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Via Teresa Herrin
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I think that they all make great points but I still don't think that an attack is the greatest idea. Attacking might cause the middle eastern tensions to break out in an even bigger war. Most people are against an air strike anyways. But some sort of action must be taken because innocent people are dying.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:36 PM

Really enjoyed this video in the sense that it gave me more insight to what's going on and different points of view. Several points like the fact that innocent civilians will die on our watch because of the airstrike was one i especially liked because it made me think more deeply into why we shouldnt intervene. It's clear that this is a huge predicament that even the Round table finds difficult to choose a side in the sense that as a nation we are stuck on deciding whether to be or not to be the "world's policemen."

Daniel Guo's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:49 PM

I think that Newt Gingrich brings up good points about why it's hard for the public to support an airstrike on Syria. I think that this dicussion is a fair representation of the current public opinion on the matter- nobody wants to directly support a strike; there is no clear right answer.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:13 PM

All of the politicians here are hesitant about military strikes in Syria. because they aren't sure about the effect that it would cause. Newt Gingrich makes some excellent points about the importance of communication. I believe some action needs to be taken in Syria, but a strike would only unleash more problems for us. Syria's allies are too powerful. 

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Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments

Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Denis McDonough, in an interview on ABC's 'This Week' said he was 'outraged' at Ted Cruz's comments that our forces would be serving as 'Al Qaeda's air force.' The interview was immediately followed by one with Sen.
Holly Kapp's insight:

There is really no way to determine that this military attack will quote on quote "go as planned" or be a quote on quote "limited attack." I mean things could go wrong, that's why I think it would be better if we addressed Assad in a different way other than attack.

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Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:25 AM

30 seconds of generalized response isn't much to go on, and McDonough's statement showed it. Rather than namby-pamby about the issue, everyone needs to grab their fears by the horns are realize: "Yes, we will possibly be helping some groups that are maybe connected to Al-Qaeda. But in the meantime, we can help a whole country of civilians, who, when pressed, will vote for the more reasonable members of the rebels, IF the US helps in time."

 

No more of this "small, calculated, concise" strike nonsense.

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:02 PM

My initial reacton to Senator Cruz's was similar to McDonough's; Cruz's statement was clearly crafted to be sensational and make headlines. Although I am not a fan of potential United States military action in Syria, Cruz's comments were purposefully disrespectful and, as McDonough iterated, "outrageous".

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:35 PM

It seems very normal and typical for hte Chief of Staff to assure the public that there will be no boots on the ground, but I believe that no amount of assurance that this will be no Libya or Afghanistan, will persuade the American public to join this war.

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask | Holly Kapp's AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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This article really helped me understand the whole Syrian conflict a lot better and made some things that were unclear to me more clear.

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Bowie Lin's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:30 PM

This article was the perfect way to introduce myself to the Syria issue. I found it interesting how even today, we can still see vestiges of the European colonialization period and the Cold War. It seems that artificial borders and rule of the minority sect are common underlying causes of civil wars in the Middle East and Africa. I personally believe that it is important that we uphold the norms on chemical warfare set by the Geneva Convention; however, the question is are we the ones to do it?

Taylor Marberry's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:01 AM

This article gave me the important knowledge about Syria that was necessary to fully understand the concept of what is really going on.

Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:12 AM

I feel a little more informed and less ignoran now.