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posted: 9/9/2013 5:00 AM

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I see that President Obama has recently called for a military strike against Syria. It is predictable to note that he has asked for support from the international allies, almost all of which have turned him down (most notably England); while also calling for the approval of Congress. I cannot believe that I am in the minority when I say that this is a true issue of transparency. The president wants to be in a position to shift blame. He has made countless presidential decrees in his time in office, why would this one issue now need Congress?

Once again the hypocrisy is amazing in the media's portrayal of this "noble call to arms." Wasn't it President, then Senator, Obama who wanted us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, places where Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida murdered almost a million people? The same president that was given the Nobel Peace Prize after being elected in 2008. This is clearly a civil war, where lines between the good and the bad guys are blurred. There will be no mere surgical strike as was called for. America should not act alone here.

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The people of this nation are tired of the political grandstanding and constant public relations rhetoric. Our strategic interests need to become what is or is not happening in the United States. Only 47 percent of our people have a full-time job. Our foreign policy is as murky as people's belief that this nation will be a better place to live for our children in the future than it is for us today. We need to focus on what we all have in common to move this nation forward. The people in Syria are important but so are the folks here in America.

Andy Isaacson

Villa Park

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