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Has the time come for the U.S. to intervene in Syria?
June 13th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

Has the time come for the U.S. to intervene in Syria?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Syria is teetering on the brink of an all-out civil war as the situation quickly goes from bad to worse.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's concerned that Russia may be sending attack helicopters to Syria. Something that, if true, can escalate the conflict quite dramatically.

She says the U.S. has confronted Russia about stopping its arms shipments to the assad regime. According to the State Department, Russia insists that the weapons they're sending can't be used against civilians and are only for self-defense. What's not to believe?

Syrian forces are reportedly pummeling their own people with attack helicopters, tanks and mortars. On the other side, the insurgents appear increasingly armed and better organized. Like we said: bad to worse.

Meanwhile the UN is out with a report that the Syrian government has used children as human shields and tortured other children whose parents are suspected dissidents. These child victims describe being beaten, blindfolded, whipped with heavy electrical cables, burnt with cigarettes and in one case, subjected to electrical shock to the genitals.

A UN peacekeeping chief now describes the situation in Syria as a civil war. It's estimated as many as 14,000 Syrians have been killed in the 15 months of bloodshed.

Secretary Clinton says there's no easy solution to the mess in Syria. But it's clear that sanctions and isolating Syria haven't worked so far.

As for Americans, they overwhelmingly say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to step in.

A recent CNN/ORC poll shows 61% oppose any American intervention.

33% say the U.S. should intervene - that's up from 25% in February.

Here’s my question to you: Has the time come for the U.S. to intervene in Syria?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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If there is military action against Syria, should the U.S. be involved?
February 9th, 2012
03:47 PM ET

If there is military action against Syria, should the U.S. be involved?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As Syria's brutal crackdown intensifies it seems increasingly likely that there could be some sort of military action.

The United Nations is calling for the international community to protect the Syrian population.

One opposition group reports that government forces killed more than 130 civilians in Syria today - most of them in the city of Homs.

There are reports of bomb explosions every few minutes; of wounded people bleeding to death in the streets because they can't get help; and of snipers picking off civilians who are running for cover.

Doctors inside Syria say government forces are targeting hospitals, medical staff and patients.

Meanwhile the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command have started reviewing military options.

One senior official calls it a "scoping exercise" to see what's possible - given all our other military commitments in the region.

It's not unusual for the Pentagon to do such a planning exercise - so they have options ready if the president wants them.

They're likely considering everything from humanitarian relief to support for opposition groups. Senior officials tell CNN that outright military strikes are unlikely.

Some have suggested setting up a "humanitarian corridor" or safe haven for civilians. That could require the use of troops.

Others, including senator John McCain, have said the U.S. should consider all options "including arming the opposition."

The State Department says while they never take anything off the table, they don't think sending more arms into Syria is the answer.

It's believed that any military action in Syria would be riskier and more complicated than the Libyan mission. And a lot of people don't think the U.S. should have gotten involved in that.

Here’s my question to you: If there is military action against Syria, should the U.S. be involved?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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Why isn't anyone doing anything about the bloodshed in Syria?
February 6th, 2012
12:48 PM ET

Why isn't anyone doing anything about the bloodshed in Syria?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Another deadly day of bloodshed... as the world stands idly by and watches Syria's government murdering its own people.

Opposition groups say more than 50 people were killed today. Hundreds more were reportedly killed in the city of Homs over the weekend.
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