U.S. credibility on Iran at stake in Syria decision: Hagel says

WASHINGTON Tue Sep 3, 2013 3:22pm EDT

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover as he watches forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Hanano Barracks in Aleppo, September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover as he watches forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Hanano Barracks in Aleppo, September 3, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A failure to take action over Syria's use of chemical weapons would damage the credibility America's pledge to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Tuesday.

"A refusal to act would undermine the credibility of America's other security commitments - including the president's commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Hagel told a Senate hearing, according to prepared remarks.

"The word of the United States must mean something."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

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TheNewWorld wrote:
“The word of the United States must mean something.”

We must bomb and kill Syrians to protect Obama’s, and the United States’, reputation. When the US gets nuked, we can blame thinking like this for making us the most hated country in the world. When you become the overbearing, corrupt, paid for by corporations and the military industrial complex, world police force, you also become the most hated country. As the most hated country, you become target #1. How do the Republicans and Democrats no understand this. They think it is horrible when someone like Ron Paul says that we were attacked on 9-11 due to our foreign policy. It is the absolute truth.

Sep 03, 2013 7:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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