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Patch's Poll: Should The U.S. Intervene In Syria?

Secretary of State Clinton says 'Assad must go' - how far should the United States go to make that happen? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

A cease fire was brokered last week in Syria between government forces and the rebels who have been battling, but on Sunday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the president of that country must step aside.

"We think Assad must go," Clinton told ABC after attending the one-day Friends of the Syrian People conference in Istanbul. "The sooner the better for everyone concerned."

ABC reported, "Representatives of more than 60 countries attending the conference pledged financial assistance to the Syrian Free Army, the main opposition group, in an effort to encourage further defections from Assad's forces. Clinton said the United States has agreed to pledge an additional $12 million for a total of $25 million in aid and to provide communications equipment to help the Syrian Free Army organize."

What do you think? Should the U.S. be providing support to the anti-government forces? Should that support include a military presence? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Bob Torcello April 03, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I disagree with going to Syria or any other country there. Let the UN work it out. We didn't go into Lybia and didn't need to fight them here. It's time we stop fighting the world's battles and start working on problems here at home. Imagine what could have been done with that 3.5 Trillion dollars in our country.
Thomas Cornick April 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
If we provide air support to help stop the carnage will we bomb them with pieces of our broken bridges, broken roadways, and failed infrastructure ? Or shall we overextend ourselves and collapse.
Rick McDonald April 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Has Syria attacked the U.S? Is there an immenant threat to the U.S from Syria? If both are no then the U.S. has no constitutional grounds to have a military presence there. As for financial aid unless Syria has a direct affect on our defense or general welfare the use of tax revenue for this purpose is against the constitution
Richard A. Mancini April 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Why do we continue to be the World's police force. These countries don't want our help just our foreign aid dollars. Let the UN do their job without us. Bring the foreign aid dollars back to the U.S. and fix our schools and infrastructure.
Patrick Herring April 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Courtesy of Wikipedia The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States: 1.Is a vital national security interest threatened? 2.Do we have a clear attainable objective? 3.Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed? 4.Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted? 5.Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement? 6.Have the consequences of our action been fully considered? 7.Is the action supported by the American people? 8.Do we have genuine broad international support? This doctrine kept this country out of the mess in the first Gulf war. And it should be a guiding principle for all US engagements. I cannot say "yes" to any of the questions. We can certainly win any wars, put dealing with the aftermath of a war is an issue. We should not devote our efforts and time to any nation building projects overseas. We should do this at home.

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