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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Shortly, Congress will vote on a bill to authorize the president to strike Syria. There are many good reasons to oppose such actions. However, an equally strong case can be made in favor of this measure.
In the final analysis, I find the argument that U.S. credibility is on the line the most persuasive.
We must act not only in response to the Syrian situation, specifically the use of chemical weapons, but more importantly, on how our action (or inaction) will impact upon the future — and especially on Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
To enhance the power of our deterrence is clearly in our national interest. To not act will have the opposite effect.
While public opinion at the moment seems to favor a “no” vote, I hope the Congress will carefully examine the issue, and put the country’s national interest above political and short-term reasoning.
Let us hope that our representatives will do better on this issue than they have recently, demonstrate leadership and strength, and do the right thing.
KENNETH P. WERRELL
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