Rick Nolan, John Kerry, Syria and Vietnam

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Two men once allied against war recently have found themselves on opposite sides.

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monkeyplanetSep. 15, 13 9:35 AM

Nolan strikes me as principled, humane, and realistic. Kerry is just another opportunistic politician: an object lesson in what decades spent in Washington, DC, can do to someone. Kerry owes a sincere apology to George W. Bush. What's the difference between Iraq and Syria? The party of the president in office. Nothing more.

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Willy53Sep. 16, 13 6:43 AM

OMG! Kerry owes nothing to George Bush. In fact the specter of the Bush intervention, conduct of the war, the committing of war crimes, the rendition of prisoners to other countries to torture and the subjecting of prisoners to torture and illegal detention at Guantanamo and Iraqi prisons have all deligitimized and made American foreign policy much more difficult to conduct. My goodness, the mess the Bush Administration made of Iraq will be legendary. By the way, if the threat of force brings Syria and Russia into agreement to dis-arm and dispose of chemical warfare stockpiles and get Syria to sign onto the International ban on Chemical Weapons then Obama has done something the of which the neocons were incapable: negotiating from a position of strength to achieve peace without warfare. Please, understand the facts.

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gardengurlSep. 16, 13 6:46 AM

This is a very interesting article. Nolan's constituents are lucky to have him representing them.

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ubetcha101Sep. 16, 13 7:59 AM

Obama has made such a mess of his handling of Syria,Egypt,Libya and others!

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dagMNSep. 17, 13 2:04 PM

"Obama has made such a mess of his handling of Syria,Egypt,Libya and others!"...only in the little world of the shallow gop/tp thinkers.

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bik4u62Sep. 19, 13 8:22 AM

Nolan's position appears to be more caution than peacetrain. For all we know today, US intervention in Syria might work out - but it's dicey. Nolan simply acknowledges the high risks of a(nother) potential quagmire.

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