Lila Garrett: And we’ve got us, the United States, king of exceptionalism, determined to keep getting new bases, take over the world’s oil fields, be the top provider of the world’s arms, continue above all to fuel our war economy with endless war.
Mark Byrnes: The cumulative effect of the crises in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria has been to erode the public’s support for Obama conduct of foreign policy. The temptation to “look tough” by launching airstrikes is tremendous. That does not make it good policy.
Tom Hall: If we look at the larger picture, what’s really happening here is that U.S. taxpayers are funding both (or all) sides of these civil wars, our war materiel suppliers are making out like bandits, and now we are being asked to, once again, ship our young men and women to be cannon fodder to feed the war industrial machine.
Gary Corseri: I think I could have happily buried Maher’s harangue in the murk of my subconscious, if I had not heard similar drivel from the mouth of the Prime Minister of Israel, speaking before the UN.
Michael T. Hertz: Although supposedly Americans are in favor of taking military action against ISIL, President Obama’s decision to go forward without congressional approval and a vote makes little sense, either politically or strategically.
Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.
Joseph Palermo: The neo-cons appear prescient proving that if you scream for war long enough you have a good chance of getting war.
John Peeler: What neither Obama nor Bush have grasped is that the widespread and durable hostility toward the United States is a result of a Western meddling in the region.
Raffaele Piccolo: Israel has instituted a raft of policies as to residency and movement into and about Jerusalem. These policies seek to make the city out reach for most Palestinians.
Lance Simmens: Obama is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his presidency, one that will have profound consequences for not only this nation but for humankind as he sorts through options.
Walter Brasch: Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch and one of the world’s greatest military strategists, suggests that America tell ISIS either to convert or be killed.
Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.
Alon Ben-Meir: This latest round of hostilities has ironically produced a positive effect in that both sides have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other both politically and militarily with impunity, and that other options must now be explored to end the vicious cycle of violence.