Sen. Blumenthal: Syria, Plum Island, and Other News of the Day

Thursday, August 29, 2013

As the US weighs options for intervention in Syria, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) discusses his position and what comes next. Plus: his legislation to create an advisory committee to focus on tick-borne diseases, and the conflict over the future of Plum Island -- the island off the coast of Suffolk County that was home to the federal government's animal disease center.

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steve from queens

Great to hear the Senator is opposed to development of Plum Island. My extended family has lived in Southold Town since 1902 and I have watched as development has decimated the bucolic east end of Long Island. Just when i was thinking they can't do anymore damage, Plum Island is put on the table. It is time to stop this madness and start preserving.

Aug. 29 2013 11:24 AM
PrintHead1436 from Brooklyn

On Syria, Sen. Blumenthal says that a military strike by the US should be carefully targeted to military assets. The experience of Iraq and Afghanistan tells us that the idea of "surgical strikes," that don't kill civilians, is a myth. I have a 2-part question for the Senator:

1) What is the maximum number of civilian casualties that he would consider acceptable in these "targeted" military strikes? The answer "zero" would rule out military action entirely-- so what's the upper limit?

2) If Assad, his government under attack by the US, spoke of planning "targeted" strikes against a military base inside the US, and spoke of a certain number of civilian casualties as being both inevitable and regrettably necessary, would the US government view that as planning a terrorist attack?

Aug. 29 2013 11:01 AM

You can write to your Federal Representatives against a US Attack on Syria through this website.

Aug. 29 2013 10:56 AM
Joe from nearby

Instead of allowing some other country's civil war to distract us, how about we focus on improving our economy and actually doing some 'job creation'?

Aug. 29 2013 10:53 AM
nancy from new jersey

is there truth to the rumor that lyme disease (which i still have after 5 years)is the result of army experiments on chemical warfare? please tell us what you do know without fear, we listeners really do not like evasive answers but rather love the truth and the respect for our intelligence as to how to deal with facts that are the result of mistakes.

Aug. 29 2013 10:52 AM

"the President has no constitutional authority - to take this nation to war against a country... unless we're attacked or unless there is proof we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him."
Joe Biden said this in 2007 against Bush.

There is evidence the gas was launched by the rebels:

Aug. 29 2013 10:51 AM

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