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More American hubris

Published September 10, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Here we go again, shades of 2003, when Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld told us with utter assurance that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and only an invasion by the United States would prevent him from using them. But, 10 years later, with tens of thousands dead, billions spent and Iraq still a shambles politically, we know how that venture turned out.

Now Obama, Biden and Kerry, without a shred of proof as to which side used chemical weapons, are fired up to illegally attack a sovereign nation before the U.N. inspectors have analyzed their findings.

In fact, sounding just like his smug, now thoroughly discredited predecessors, Kerry has indicated that the U.N. investigation "would have no bearing" on Washington's decisions. What hubris!

Yes, the war in Syria is a grotesque tragedy and Assad is a brutal tyrant. But let's make sure, before we act, who the guilty parties are and how this country can help the situation rather than make it even more horrible.

Keller Higbee

Salt Lake City