Why the $400B F-35 Fighter Is Not an Option for Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_e7f5c7b8df.jpgDoD Photo by Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian, U. S. Marine Corps/Released (WASHINGTON) -- As the military is considering what assets it may need to conduct a potential strike on Syria, the most advanced and most expensive weapons system in history will be watching from a hanger. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a do-it-all fighter for three service branches estimated to cost in total $395.7 billion, is simply not ready to fly into combat.

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Syria Must Be Punished as Warning to Others, Kerry Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_a78a70acd0.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday made an impassioned case for punishing Syria, stating that a chemical attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad killed 1,429 people, a toll that he said included 426 children. "Instead of being tucked safely in their beds," there were "rows and rows" of dead children, Kerry said.

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President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Back on War Footing

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_c2d4fc9705.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- When President Obama traveled to Oslo, Norway, to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, even he wasn’t sure what he had done to deserve it. “Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the commander-in-chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars,” Obama said in his acceptance speech.

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Polls: Americans Don't Want to Attack Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_6e83269a16.jpgSasha Mordovets/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Americans say they don't want the U.S. to strike Syria, but that they could support a limited action that did not risk the lives of American soldiers, according to recent polls. In a new survey from NBC, 50 percent of 700 respondents said the U.S. should not take "military action" in Syria, while 42 percent said the U.S. should.

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Federal Gov. Won't Interfere in States Where Pot Is Legal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_00d52cbefc.jpgUriel Sinai/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a major victory for legal marijuana users, the federal government appears ready to back off from overriding laws in states where medicinal pot is permitted. Furthermore, the directive from the Justice Department also means that the feds won't stick their noses in Colorado and Washington State where voters legalized the recreational use of grass.

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