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Noonan, Krauthammer: No to Syria

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a hearing on 'Syria: Weighing the Obama Administration's Response' before the House Foreign Affairs Committee September 4, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering a resolution drafted by committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and ranking member Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to authorize military against the Bashar al-Assad regime that can be voted on as early as today. Credit: Getty Images

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan comes down against a U.S. military intervention in Syria's civil war. She writes in her column Friday:

The only strong response is not a military response.

The world must think—and speak—with stature and seriousness, of the moment we're in and the darkness on the other side of the door. It must rebuke those who used the weapons, condemn their use, and shun the users. It must do more, in concert—surely we can agree on this—to help Syria's refugees. It must stand up for civilization.

But a military strike is not the way, and not the way for America.

Noonan's commentary falls more or less in sync with another prominent conservative, the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer. For his part:

This is deeply unserious. Unless Obama can show the country that his don’t-mock-me airstrike is, in fact, part of a serious strategic plan, Congress should vote no.
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