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  •  were it so simple (0+ / 0-)
    We go in and destroy the chemical weapons, and then leave. Assad be damned ...
    It's gonna take a lot more than sneaking in Seal Team 6 or lobbing a few cruise missiles from a boomer lurking in the eastern Mediterranean. (Although at least one is probably on station there right now.) This isn't stuff we can take care of by throwing a lot of HE at. Besides, we need to verify what's there in the first place, then figure out how to either reasonably secure it or responsibly destroy it.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:44:39 PM PST

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    •  And so...what does the USA do? (0+ / 0-)

      it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

      by Addison on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:22:15 PM PST

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      •  What has the USA done? (2+ / 0-)

        "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

        by BigAlinWashSt on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:52:34 PM PST

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      •  well, what is USA doing? (3+ / 0-)

        That we don't know. Regardless of what appears to be happening, we can be assured that stuff we don't know about is actually happening.

        What i think should be happening is an effort to shore up the rebels. But that's complicated by:

        But the rebels are largely Sunni Arabs, and the most effective among them are extremists aligned with Al Qaeda, a prospect that worries not only the West, but the Christians, Shiites, Druze — and Kurds — of Syria.

        NYT, Wider Chaos Feared as Syrian Rebels Clash With Kurds

        Remember the lesson of Afghanistan in the 80s. It's unwise to dump sophisticated weaponry into a fight without being real sure who is receiving it. CIA was able to buy back some Stingers but don't think they'd have much luck this time.

        Syria is the new Lebanon.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:57:13 PM PST

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        •  Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing. (0+ / 0-)

          Forceful intervention doesn't necessarily help to improve a chaotic and violent situation -- as we should have learned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We can't realistically assume that Western style democracy is possible or even desirable everywhere.

          I don't see the USA as having a stake in this fight. Liberal interventionists tend to be a bit dreamy-eyed, and unfamiliar with the cultures whose politics they're trying to reform.

          "The pessimists may be right in the end but an optimist has a better time getting there" -- Samuel Clemons

          by native on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:06:45 AM PST

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