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The lives and blood of our children will be placed at risk if we commit an act of war by the requested missile attack against Syria.

The defense of our country, or it's interests, could warrant such risk if justified. The administration's justification contains neither.

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Their justification currently contains two main reasons for a missile attack against Syria. First, Syria used poison gas to kill 1,400 people, including 400 children. Subsequently, the Syrian government needs to be punished for this bad act so it won't do it again. Secondly, the "word" of the U.S. government is on the line because of President Barack Obama's "... crossing a red line" statement. Therefore, if the words of the U.S. government are to have any meaning, an act of war must be committed to maintain it's creditability.

I recall nothing in the U.S. Constitution to indicate the military is to be used for "punishment." My understanding is the military exists for the defense of our country. That has been stretched over the years, but I have not seen any evidence indicating Syria is a threat to the U.S. or its interests.

I have heard high federal officials state, "Believe me, (or trust me) we have evidence that ..." I have heard those same words before. They proved untrue.

Both the government and rebels in the Syrian civil war are bad people. The Syrian government has not declared war against the U.S. However, there are Jihadists among the rebel forces that have declared war on us and continue to act on it. Why would we want to help them? We are not the world's policeman.

Historically, when we have taken such actions our reward has been further ill will from the rest of the world.

Especially during the last five years, our government has developed a reputation for untruthfulness. Worldwide, this was apparent when the president attempted to have other countries join or support his call to attack Syria. He had no creditability. I question the president's motives. I am not sure he has the best interests of our country in mind.

Creditability is lost in government agencies. The question, "do you trust your government" is no longer a joke. If we want the words of the U.S. government to have some creditability and meaning, then it should start speaking the truth.

James Leete

Westminster

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