Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
I am more convinced now that I’ve ever been that President Obama should take military action in Syria, and convinced he absolutely can’t.
You know why I think he should act. As Peggy Noonan said in the Wall Street Journal:
Those who say, "But Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons—the taboo was broken long ago," are missing the point. When Saddam used gas against the Kurds it was not immediately known to all the world. It was not common knowledge. The world rued it in retrospect. Syria is different: It is the first obvious, undeniable, real-time, YouTubed use of chemical weapons. The whole world knew of it the morning after it happened, through horrified, first-person accounts, from videos of hospital workers and victims' families.
The world this time cannot "not know," or claim not to know.
I think the United States has a moral imperative (even though we’ve been very act on it in Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo, etc.) to stand in the way of massacres. If not us, who? If not there, where?
Now, why the President can’t act…
This is military action no one wants. Well, not “no one.” Seems the only people who want this are in the White House and the newsrooms of CNN, MSNBC, Fox, et al. We know why the Admistration feels compelled to act. The media’s motivation is even more obvious. That being said, poll after poll after poll say we don’t want to see more war in the Middle East. Peggy Noonan says that, in an of itself, should be enough. After all they work for us, right?
I think the other reason is more insidious…
The president’s enemies are laying the the tall grass waiting for something they’ve not found in five years: a reason to push Obama out of office. They failed to unelect him in 2012, despite their best efforts. What’s the only other option to get him gone in 2013? Yep…impeachment. Don’t laugh. GOP members of Congress have hinted at as much in the wake of Obamacare. Can you imagine if Obama puts Americans in harm’s way over the expressed wishes of Congress.
I think the reasons to not go are much simpler. As our media and politics guru Jeff Stein told us on Thursday—it’s a question of risk versus reward. As constrained as military action would be (no boots on the ground, a 90 day window for engagement), what would good could come from limited air strikes? Would it change anything? Likely, no.
So. Why go? Other than the 1,429 obvious reasons, that is.