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RUSSELL: U.S. should stay out of Syria

Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

A deliberative period has begun, whatever that means. It has to do with Syria and with the dictator Bashar al-Assad, who seems to like breaking international rules and rattling our president’s chain.

Anyone listening to the news on TV or radio or reading the paper must know that someone in Syria is launching chemical weapons attacks against its citizens, killing unknown numbers of women, children and men. However, one of the unsettled points of deliberation is who did it? Is it the regime of Assad or is it the “rebels” trying to get rid of Assad? The UN is investigating and they don’t have a track record for accomplishing much. Look at Benghazi. A year has passed and our government says they don’t know of anyone who did it and can’t bring anyone to justice.

But Assad! Recently, Obama, in response to questions from the media, said, “We do have to make sure that, when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons, that could threaten us, they are accountable.” We have to make sure? I don’t recall in our Constitution that the Founding Fathers made us the World Police Force charged with holding nations responsible for their behavior. In fact, the Constitution tells us to mind our own business except when someone makes a credible, direct threat to do us harm or, for example, kills our citizens in one of our embassies.

Obama has made many references to the Bush administration and the fact that Bush lead us into the Iraq debacle. Now it seems he may want us to take on the role that Bush took on and do it on a permanent basis. The British Parliament just slapped its leader in the face, refusing to authorize intervention in Syria. Our Congress needs to do likewise!

I am possessed of a strong opinion that we need to mind our own business and take care of issues at home like unemployment and the economy. We don’t have the money to be hopping all over the globe. Our wounded troops, in part because of Obama’s sequester, are in need of care. Remember, government was made to serve us, not the other way around.

ALLAN RUSSELL

Leesburg