Conservative Radio Hosts Oppose Action in Syria

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 01:01 PM

By Melanie Batley

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A number of conservative radio talk show hosts are taking to the airways this week to convince their listeners and Congress to oppose the use of force in Syria, even as Republicans on the Hill remain divided on the matter.

According to , the commentators say their opinions reflect the GOP grassroots, and are skeptical of Obama's intentions, in some cases arguing that the president is looking for a diversion from his stalled agenda at home.

"Rarely have I ever witnessed such consensus from my audience that we should stay the heck out of Syria," nationally-syndicated radio host Mike Gallagher told Politico.

"Even liberal callers who usually challenge and criticize me say we should not intervene. I am delighted that the president has done this about-face and will now turn to Congress for approval. Now it's up to the Congress to do the right thing and deliver a big, fat 'no.'"

Rush Limbaugh is using his airtime to accuse the president of playing politics with the issue by forcing Congress to take responsibility for U.S. policy in Syria, putting Republicans in a position that he says Obama will use against them in next year's midterm elections.

Limbaugh even went so far Tuesday as to suggest that Syrian rebels, with the cooperation of the White House, may have framed Syrian President Bashar Assad with the use of chemical weapons.

Limbaugh referred to an incident last summer in which the rebels overran and controlled a Syrian government base allowing them to possibly access chemical weapons.

"Even [former Defense Secretary] Leon Panetta admitted chemical weapons may have fallen into their hands," he said.

Despite this, Limbaugh says, "John Kerry and the [Obama] regime and the media have used as their main argument the rebels have never had access to these chemical weapons . . . And I'm not the first one to float it . . . the idea that Bashar didn't do this . . . It's been talked about in Washington."

Dana Loesch, host of the conservative radio program "The Dana Show," said she is personally opposed to intervention in Syria, and highlighted concerns that American military action could cause "further provocation of countries already on 'frenemy' status with the U.S."

"It would be better for [the president] to say nothing beyond, 'We are saddened by the reports of those dying from gas attacks and are monitoring the situation,'" she told Politico in an email. "Instead, this is Obama's Iraq."

SiriusXM's David Webb also encouraged the U.S. to stay out of the conflict. "Let them kill each other," he said in an interview with Politico, adding: "War talk is a great distraction for any president."

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