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Ron Kind
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind wants the Obama administration to provide a glimpse into what the “day after” might look like if the United States launches cruise missiles to knock out Syrian chemical weapon capabilities.

The La Crosse Democrat made the comment today in reaction to President Barack Obama’s announcement Saturday that he would seek congressional approval next week for such an attack.

The threatened action comes amid claims that Assad’s troops used chemical weapons to kill an estimated 1,500 people, including hundreds of civilians and children.

“There are no good options,” Kind said. “I’ve called on the president to seek a national intelligence assessment of the likely response if we send cruise missiles into the region. That would give us a better idea what the day after might be.

“There are a lot of trip wires in that region,” he said.

If Assad attacked Israel in retaliation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably would counter-attack, which could trigger a salvo from Hezbollah in Lebanon and open the possibility of an Iranian response, he said.

Kind, who said he has attended intelligence briefings on the Syrian situation, said, “I am still in the undecided category.”

As the Obama administration lobbies for congressional approval of the strikes, Kind said, “It’s not just members of Congress. It’s the American people. People are concerned about being dragged into the Mideast again after two prolonged wars there.”

Members of the Army Reserve and National Guard and their families have expressed concern about another deployment as Kind met with constituents during the congressional recess, he said.


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Thoughts

Ron, PLEASE DO NOT SEND MISSILES INTO SYRIA!!! PLEASE. The United States cannot get involved in selecting one civil war and ignoring others. Genocide is wrong but every time we get involve, the world hates us more. Rarely are we given credit for saving lives or fighting evil.

If we side with the rebels in Syria, we are siding with the very people we have been fighting for the past 20 years. This action makes no sense. Please stay out of all civil wars!

DOL

Hezbollah a sworn enemy of the US and a terrorist organization is fighting for Assad and killing Al Qaeda, a sworn enemy of the US and a terrorist organization who are supporting the rebels in Syria. Why should the US be involved? Does the civil war in Syria threaten the US or it's allies? No, no matter how many lies Obama and his admin tell us. Does it affect any of our NATO allies? No. In fact NATO has stated it does not back any attack on Syria. This war is about Obama painting himself into a corner by his campaign rhetoric. What is even more amazing is that anti-war dems who don't want to bomb Syria are going to back Obama in this vote to authorize the bombing. Their political expediency over rides their moral compass. Everyone of them can go to h*ll. Next time you hear or see a liberal democrat say he or she is against the war, make sure you hound them with this vote. Hypocrites every last one of them.

Buggs Raplin

I see the most evil woman of the 20th Century, Hillary Clinton, is backing war with Syria. No surprise. Hypocrisy elevated to astronomical proportions. Here is a woman, who with her husband, presided over the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children through their economic sanctions. And now she's concerned about the deaths in Syria, which were caused by the rebels, not Assad. Dear reader, cannot you grasp it? The forces of evil are all coming together to try to accomplish the long range plans of our evil foreign policy establishment-total control of all countries in the MiddleEast. Do not be fooled. This entails boots on the ground, and deaths of our people in somebody else's civil war, just like Vietnam. Just like Vietnam. Just like Vietnam. No American should be asked to lay down his life unless our national security is threatened. It certainly is not in Syria. An attack will be a war crime. Ron Kind...I say Ron Kind..do you want to support a war crime?

deezus

Ron, do not approve it. Let the rest of the world punish them without us. Time for them to pick up some slack for once.

Buggs Raplin

John Kerry is saying we can't stand by as spectators watching the slaughter. Of course, Kerry has offered no proof that the slaughter in Syria was carried out by Assad. A reliable journalist for the Associated Press has authored a report saying the chemical attack was by the rebels, not Assad. Assad would never do such a thing under the circumstances. And oh my god, the hypocrisy of Kerry, who has been an avid spectator of the slaughter of Obama's drones upon the innocents in Pakistan and Yemen-some 2,000 to 3,000 dead-and hasn't said a word of criticism. Our leaders, both Democrat and Republican-who favor an attack are evil. Got that? They are evil. We all ought to recognize that as our future depends on our flushing out this filth from the body politic and restoring our Constitution to its exalted prominence.

lookout

Kind is nuts. Does he think people have a crystal ball that looks into the future. Every single politician I saw asking questions today, asked people to look into a crystal ball, to tell them what the future would be. No one well ever know what the next day would look like. It's all just grand standing, meant to make it look like they know what their talking about. Either do it, or don't do it, that's the only look into the future.

Hoot55

There seems to be a very clear indication that many people would rather believe a journalist than the governments intelligence community. Not finding fault, just the observation that maybe that is a big part of our problem, we don't trust those we elect to serve us and we're willing to believe almost anything that some fool reports as being the truth or from some unnamed trusted source.

Reminds me of laying blame on who sunk the Maine.

Buggs Raplin

The Maine was likely blown up by an accident, not the Spanish. It's exactly the situation in Syria. The Spanish would no more blow up the Maine than Assad would launch a chemical attack. Both would invite US intervention.

David Lee

Right, and they never had an inquisition.

LAX Liberty

We are being fed a heap of Bravo Sierra. This is a false-flag being used to distract you from the abuses government are committing against the constitution.

But even if you BELIEVE the cr@p, it has NOTHING to do with our national security.

Buggs Raplin

In 2002, Ron Kind called a town meeting at Central High School to solicit opinion on whether to authorize Bush's going to war against Iraq. I was there. I estimated that 85% of the packed audience said No to war. Ron then voted to authorize war. His office refused to reveal the results of e-mails, letters, and phone calls on the issue. And the Tribune sat idly on its butt. In fact, since Ron has been in office, I don't recall any criticism of Ron's performance whatsoever. None. Well, Ron can now vote to authorize war again, seem-ably with even more disastrous results than his vote on Iraq gave us. I only ask that we know the public's response, and that the Tribune report it. Got that, Rusty and Chris? Got that?-Chip DeNure

David Lee

I see House majority whatever, John Bonner supports the attack, so it must be all good for the politicians. It should be mandatory that any elected official that supports a war, must be on active duty, in infantry, as a private the day after the vote. That and all of his family members that are 18 or older.

superman

America loves war. The media loves war, and so does the economy.

Bring it on!

DOL

Do not vote for the strike on Syria. The French Intelligence has been compromised as Saudi Arabia has promised to pay France $80 billion to act as their mercenaries in helping the Sunni rebels in Syria according to reliable sources in the US Special Forces.

In addition, many Syrian army officers who defected are chemical weapon officers and took chemical weapons with them when they defected. Both the rebels and Syrian regime troops have chemical weapon stocks

Our allies do not want to back a strike against Syria, the Arab League of Nations opposes it, Britain opposes it, Germany and Italy oppose it. Finally, there is no strategic or tactical reason to launch cruise missiles and or bomb Syria. Obama has already said it would be limited in scope, so what's the point? If Assad is a murderer and thug/criminal as claimed by John Kerry then why not target and or kill Assad the person who ordered the attack. Yet Obama doesn't want to do that.

Buggs Raplin

Assad didn't launch the attack. The rebels did according to a reporter for the Associated Press. For chrissakes, keep it in context. Assad is winning the war; Obama said weeks ago that the use of chemical weapons would invite US intervention..so
Assad would have to be an absolute idiot to use them in a conflict he's already winning. Do you get it now? Assad didn't do it; the liars in Washington are trying to fool us into war under the most hypocritical reason of all-their concern for humanity, whilst they kill thousands of inocents with their drones.

superman

And what about the defected Assad regime member claiming to have proof of a chemical attack? Is he a liar? Does he even exist?

Buggs Raplin

Obama has provided no proof, just his say-so; just like Bush on Iraq.

Buggs Raplin

Ron, I will demand to know; again, I will demand to know the results of all correspondence to your office on the question of authorization for war-phone calls, letters, and e-mails' and I demand of the La Crosse Tribune; I demand of the La Crosse Tribune to publish the results.-Chip DeNure aka Buggs Raplin

superman

Know that I appreciate your efforts Buggs. Open Government is good government.

David Lee

When did you file your public information request? Didn't think so. Demand all you want, your posting on a blog that no one in reality gives a hoot about.

Buggs Raplin

Duh, I'm saying the Tribune should do this. Duh.

David Lee

Why???? You are the one that is asking.

LAX Liberty

With the messed-up open records laws in this country your request would cost $30K and they would charge you that much if you really want it.

David Lee

Actually if you would have checked, and I know it is for a fact because I got military action reports on 2 occasions, if it is not for commercial use, you submit a request for waiver of fee, and on both times, it cost me nothing, nada, zip. Give it a try. It does work.

Buggs Raplin

Ron, the American people are against this; your constituents are against this. Do not make this the same mistake you made in 2002 on Iraq. There's no proof Assad did the chemical attacks. He'd have been insane to do so, inviting in American retaliation when he's already winning the war against the al-Qaida dominated rebels. Want to help out al-Qaida, Ron? Then vote to go to war-the same mistake you make in 2002.

superman

I for one don't require proof. I think Obama has drug his feet for to long. It's time to level them.

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