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September 9, 2013 7:28 pm

Obama Says He is Open to Negotiations on Syria

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Fox News – President Obama on Monday took a sharp turn away from his “red line” threat to Syria on the eve of taking his case to the American people, saying in an interview with Fox News that he’s open to negotiations on an alternative plan that could avert a military strike.

The president was responding to a proposal, formally put forward by the Russians, to have the Assad regime turn over its chemical weapons to international control.

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  • Irving D, Cohen

    It should be mentioned that President Obama also said he is aware that this may be nothing more than a Russian/Syrian ploy to waste time and slow the momentum of Obama’s push on the military option.

  • . Senator Harry Reid has just compared the situation in Syria with that of the Holocaust. There is no comparison since this is a civil war and no one can definitely state which side is using chemical warfare, if not both. Syria is a quagmire. We will get into it and not have an exit strategy. If we are going to war it should be against Iran; declaring war on Syria is basically fighting Iran. I predict this war will end up like Iraq, which I was also against, with boots on the ground and many young American lives lost. I do not know President Obama personally nor have I ever met him. My position regarding his leadership abilities and policies has never changed. He does not have the ability to be a commander in chief and has lost credibility throughout the world. The TV pictures showing the massacre of women and children have not been verified as originating from one side of this civil war. The only way out of this is the position that Secretary of State made at a press conference, whether he meant it or not, that there should be an international committee to verify the source of chemical warfare. Putin immediately came up with the same suggestion and offered it to Syria. This is the way out for our president, and if it can be worked out, a way to resolve this crisis. Hillary Clinton had also suggested this solution.

    Before we have the beginnings of what could lead to WORLD WAR 3 , can you assure me that the other side does not have chemical weapons also . Please guarantee there will be no boots on the ground and that Israel will not be attacked immediately. Please tell me we are ready to send our children or grandchildren to war and have more American men and women die.

    It’s pretty obvious that if the opposition gets into power and has nerve gas, they’d use it, too. It is naïve to think that there are major differences between the Syrian sides. Remember what has been going on in Egypt. The world, especially President Obama, enthusiastically praised the change of regime and “democratic elections” in which Mohammed Morsi was elected president. He didn’t last very long, because the Egyptian public is volatile and the same is true in Syria. We should stay out of this conflict. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG