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Who Shrunk America?
Daily Beast, by Tunku Varadarajan

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Posted By:Drive, 9/5/2013 3:42:49 PM

While children are gassed in Syria, Obama’s America hems and haws and debates endlessly. Whatever happened to our moral power and leadership, asks Tunku Varadarajan. Has anyone noticed how diminished, how very Lilliputian, America has become? Great tragic events in the world beyond our borders are parsed here as accountants would parse the finer points of a creative tax deduction. Hundreds of innocent Syrians have been gassed to death by their despot—hell, even my ninth grader is horrified, and not just because he is aware that many of the dead were close to his age—and yet … our spontaneous revulsion,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: QRP, 9/5/2013 3:54:52 PM     (No. 9507290)

Tunku, I don´t think who did the gassing is such a fine point. You you gonna believe, Kerry or Putin?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MissMann, 9/5/2013 4:13:56 PM     (No. 9507315)

Is it now America´s job to punish every horrible deed? If so, why is there a United Nations?

I do not want our forces supporting Al Qaeda. I really don´t care what happens to them. If the world doesn´t like it, get the UN to do something about it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: shamus, 9/5/2013 4:14:50 PM     (No. 9507317)

Obama leading from his behind.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bohallx, 9/5/2013 4:16:05 PM     (No. 9507321)

The guy has no sense of proportion ~ a few hundred people are reported to have been killed by gas yet over 100,000 have been killed one way or the other.

Dead is dead!

Now, about who is responsible for those deaths ~ there are ´rebels´, so there´s a ´rebellion´ ~ and yet we all know that without the rebellion it is unlikely very many of those 100,000 dead people would be dead.

As far as being a despot is concerned, Syria has seen it all ~ or nearly all. They´ve been a civilization for at least 90% of the time that civilization has even existed.

Assad is nothing new to that country. Rebellion is nothing new. Lengthy periods of peacetime is also nothing new to the people who live there.

Frankly, their most lasting experiences have been to farm peacefully and raise their babies ~ who then grow up and go out and kill people in other countries. These days they´re a bit more insular but not by much.

Americans should ask seriously what our national interest is in anything in Syria.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: JonR, 9/5/2013 4:28:46 PM     (No. 9507339)

Who shrunk America? The damn fools that elected an inexperienced, EEO Marxist president! That´s who!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/5/2013 4:36:37 PM     (No. 9507346)

America started "shrinking" when Democrats cut off funding to the South Vietnamese way back when. Reagan, 41 and 43 did what they could, but here we are. Democrats again. But this Syrian farce isn´t the time or place to turn it around. Maybe it never will.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 9/5/2013 4:38:24 PM     (No. 9507351)

This has nothing to do with a "shrunken America". It´s not our fight. It´s not our business. I surely don´t want to send my sons and grandsons into combat when we have no national interest at stake.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rochow, 9/5/2013 4:39:55 PM     (No. 9507356)

Where was this question when the Kurds were killed under Saddam Hussein?! We are looking for nothing in that neck of the woods. So why another rushed war? What was the result in Libya? What was the result in Egypt? In Russia? Hey how is that reset rubbish working? By comparison to this clown in the WH people respected Bush! We do not need another war, especially one in Russia´s backyard!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pros7767, 9/5/2013 5:07:08 PM     (No. 9507390)

We do not know who gassed the victims. Every word out of this Administration is a lie.

In order to get rid of the chemical weapons, we need 75,000 boots on the ground. Arab countries will finance it but not send troops.

The sunni´s and Shiia´s have been fighting for centuries and it will never change.

Iran has threatened to launch against Israel and Russia backs them with weapons and manpower.

Deposing Assad puts the Muslim Brotherhood in charge much like Egypt and we see how that worked out.

America isn´t shrunk, it´s leaders are. America has lost more blood and treasure in Iraq and Afghanistan than I care to count to no avail.

This is not our war. It is a lose,lose for us and I´ll be damned if another American should die on behalf of Muslims who hate us regardless of what we do.

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