Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 10:54 am
The complicated and emotional case of a Native American girl who was adopted by a couple in South Carolina but has been living for more than 18 months with her biological father in Oklahoma has taken another turn.
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he is unequivocally opposed to U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, including the use of air strikes against the Middle Eastern country.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the first-term Republican said it is not the responsibility of the U.S. to get involved in a country's civil war and that neither side in the conflict there have the United States' best interest in mind.
President Barack Obama requested congressional approval for limited military action in Syria over the weekend.
Oklahoma veterans and active-duty military personnel are killing themselves at twice the rate of civilians, despite increased efforts to address the problem.
The 2011 suicide rate for soldiers was about 44 per 100,000 population, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of Oklahoma State Department of Health data. This rate includes active-duty military as well as veterans from the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea and World War II. The civilian rate for people over the age of 18 was about 22 per 100,000.
By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people and perhaps level the fighting field or turn it in favor of Assad's opponents, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday on Morning Edition.