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Re: HE'S THE NEW BIG, BAD WOLF!!!

DNJ,

I do not agree with the assessment in your post re. the current Syrian situation and particularly,the comparison you made between former President Bush and the current POTUS. I believe their two philosophies are quite different, both in their approach to presidential use of power and in their method of assessing a situation. While the former President seem to had taken a "knee-jerk" approach to the Iraqi problem (notwithstanding the UN calamity/Colin Powell and the embarrassing fall-out)as a means of avenging the September 11 catastrophe to appease the public,the current POTUS seems determined not to repeat that mistake but to hold the Assad's of the the world accountable in defiance of the UN resolution....but with concrete proof this time.

Secondly, in light of the POTUS condemnation of President Bush's approach to his decision leading up to that Iraqi war,his/current(Obama's)seem to move the focus of the decision back to ("the peoples') representatives of government (The House and The Senate) rather than the circumvention of the power to wage war as ascribed through the War Powers Act given to the Office of the Presidency. His option not to use the latter represents in my opinion, a stark contrast between the two.

Thirdly, even though the ultimate result of both Assad and Saddam reprehensive act of using chemical weapons as a means of suppressing dissension are the same (killing men, women and children)there must be some "establishment of order" and the willingness to stop despotic governments from carrying out this despicable act. I see Obama as providing for the continuity of such action (with restrictions, of course)rather than leaving the situation to go unchallenged.

These to me are not the same by any stretch of the imagination.

Gouyaveman

Re: HE'S THE NEW BIG, BAD WOLF!!!

G, you were very good.at what you said here. I remember the story of George W. Bush well. But he's history now, even if it is sad history on his part.

George W. Bush is a difficult one to be compared with any other American President. During his Presidency, he used to much of the power of his office to create hoovc for everyone. Especially those from the Middle East. He's objectives did not meet with much resistance, as most people sat down and watched him in action. Even the UN couldn't deter him from his mission. Along with Colin Powell, they fabricated a story just to go to war with Iraq. It was in retaliation for the bombings of The World Trade Center, and Saddam Hussein's handling of George Bush , Sr., for Desert Storm. This is why I don't trust Obama, and John Kerry with their take on Syria.

America has accused the Assad's regime for using chemical weapons on its own people. John Kerry cited enough to prove it. Assad, on the other hand denied that he used chemical weapons on his people. But, I wonder whether or not Syria has.anything to carry chemical weapons, in the first case.

However, Obama has taken anther route in respect of going to war with Syria. Sure, he leaned a good lesson from the errors that George W. Bush made. But, still, war is war, though matter where it fought. Everyone has a different path to destiny. At the end, there's one meeting place. Obama should keep his hands clean, and listen to the two-thirds of the American people, who doesn't see the need for a new war. So far, Obama had asked Congress to postpone the approval of military actions on Syria.

George W. Bush used his arrogance to find a solution for the Iraqi crisis, but Obama is letting other leople have a say with the decision he made on Syria. That to me was the right thing to do.