Student Opinion: Syria

Jims Porter

Political cartoon by Brad Porter

In the midst of a heated international debate over how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, some Americans feel a more important battle exists on own soil: defunding Obamacare.

Many Tea Party groups and activists made statements this week in regard to the Obama Administration’s focus on Syria, including former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.

In a video posted to Facebook last week titled, “Just Sayin’,” Palin said, “Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare.”

The Tea Party Express, one of the strongest Tea Party groups, sent an “URGENT” e-mail to its members last week that said the Obama Administration is, “hoping that this will distract the American people from the fight that we are waging back home: the battle to defund Obamacare.”
Here’s what students think the federal government should set the target on:

Angel Coomer, political science senior

“There are clear issues within the United States involving the American people that… need to be dealt with by the administration. We are coming up on less than three weeks for Obamacare to come into play and instead we are worrying about other countries. The American people are still worried and in disagreement with this project.”



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Caitlin Crumes, nursing freshman



“I think intervening in Syria could start a 3rd World War. It could ruin relationships with our allies, which would have an effect on our economy. I think we should focus on our own issues because they are more important.”



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Ryan Taylor, international studies junior


“The potential repercussions of military action in Syria are more harmful than inaction. Not only could nongovernment actors could seek retaliation, but there is also an issue of delegitimizing the United Nations by acting without their approval. I don’t necessarily think we should be focused on defunding Obamacare, but I don’t agree with military action in Syria.”


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Kyra King, health and safety sophomore


“Doing something in Syria is really important. We can’t just allow the use of chemical weapons without consequence. That is wrong. I don’t think Syria is being used as a distraction from Obamacare. It’s just an important crisis and we are obligated to help. Not responding sends a message that what happened is okay.”