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US forces move closer to Syria as options weighed

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Updated: 8/24/2013 10:41 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.

Obama is stressing that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war is problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, traveling to Asia, declined to discuss any specific force movements while saying that Obama had asked the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria.

U.S. defense officials say the Navy has sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea but without immediate orders for any missile launch into Syria.

According to reports, a chemical attack in a suburb of the Syrian capital killed at least 100 people this week.


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Realchange - 8/25/2013 10:49 AM
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Syria has dictator that thinks nothing of killing small children. Had his mercenaries do it at the start of this war. He gases his own people just like Hitler did. He has made and alliance with Hezbollah will arm them after his war is over. Think hard about that do you really think it's in the human race's best interest to let him continue his reign of terror ?

Truthseeker - 8/25/2013 7:32 AM
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If our government can't afford to take care of this country's people, then it cannot afford to butt into Syria's business.

1country - 8/24/2013 3:08 PM
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realchange just curious,how do you know what the U S is sending and what they are not sending ??

Realchange - 8/24/2013 12:40 PM
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First off Assad is an unholy monster the same kind guy that goes into school and starts killing innocent children. Everyone is turning blind eye to his known war crimes. Second there are no ballistic missiles headed near Syria. They are cruise missiles and there is HUGE difference. Ballistic missiles can carry conventional warheads but usually do not. Anyone says we should sit back and let Assad murder entire families in attempt to remain in power is insane in my book. I am desert storm veteran sick from serving off coast of Israel and yes I have been off the coast of Syria as well. I know what we are asking of our Navy people and it must be done. Assad has additionally made an alliance with Hezbollah when he is done with the rebels he will begin arming them for their fight with Israel do you really want Hezbollah running around with chemical weapons made in Syria?

OldGuy - 8/24/2013 12:12 PM
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IF, and I say IF because I definitely do not wish it to happen as I feel it is NOT THE UNITED STATES' BUSINESS and the nation has much more important domestic issues, the United States is thrust into yet ANOTHER foreign conflict, I pray that Washington lets the tactical commanders run the military and stop trying to run a war from the White House. That was the way WWII was conducted and it was the LAST WAR THE UNITED STATES DEFINITIVELY WON resulting in an unconditional surrender on both fronts. And with the track record that the current administration has with foreign affairs (i.e. Benghazi) itreally needs to stay out of it and let the fighters do the fighting.
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