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Letter: With no direct threat, say 'no' to Obama’s call for a strike

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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:31 pm

The most often-used argument I hear for agreeing to take military action in Syria is that if we don’t, the United States will appear weak-willed.

Too late, most leaders of other nations already have that opinion.

Another argument is that we must uphold the president, even if we don’t agree with his policies.

I disagree. I do believe that we must respect the office of president, even when we cannot esteem the person who holds that position. To uphold the office of president, we must require its occupant to adhere to the Constitution and the laws of our nation.

Regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria, when our nation is not in any “clear and present danger,” there is no imperative that the United States should get involved.

Neighboring nations need to step up and make their influence known. It is they, and the United Nations, who should determine what response is appropriate. That is the decision of Great Britain and of Germany. We can follow their lead.

I would suggest that members of Congress either not consider the President’s request (as is their privilege) or establish a vote of “no confidence” to his desire to get involved in the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Patrick Shepherd

Mesa

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