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  •  The Irony is we likely are doing that exact (0+ / 0-)

    thing--but trying to do it quietly. I don't like  it, but I'm pretty close to certain that is what we are doing.

    Deposing Assad and the apparatus behind him, while attractive in many ways, also has great risk--as your diary accurately points out, we may might not like who wins and they might be a great deal worse than Assad, which is saying something..

    In general, I oppose such intervention. The US, for quite some time unfortunately, seems opposed to doing nothing even when doing something presents clear undue risk and almost no reward.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 05:04:44 AM PDT

    •  also Syria is not Libya (0+ / 0-)

      the terrain is much more mountainous and harder for air power to assert itself.  Shock and Awe in Syria would result in many civilian casualties and probably few military successes.  If we do become involved, the question is who will be the first American trainer or adviser to die or to be captured and paraded before the international media?

      We forget we sent boots on the ground in Libya.  Such an endeavor in Syria would be much more risky and more fail prone.  We forget that Jimmy Carter was pressured into his ill fated attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages.  Wingers pressuring Obama into a high risk, low yield sort of situation is their wet dream, pushing him into failure and offsetting the bin Laden raid.  

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