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  •  I've Had This Thought For A Long Time (4+ / 0-)

    we need to set-up an international force of say 30,000. The best equipped and trained force around. Anytime there is mass killing, a genocide, we deploy those troops.

    Now I realize this is hard to do. Maybe impossible.

    I mean Russia might say we can't sent those troops into Chenya.

    But I am just sick and tried of my family members having to go fight wars.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:59:15 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah (2+ / 0-)
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      That would make sense.  I do think also that there is a huge gulf between an Iraq style invasion and the do nothing advocates here.  Libya for example is one example as is Kosovo. Even providing arms and civilian support would help.

      I don't think even McCain has an appetite for an invasion.  Obama has mostly ruled it out

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

      by Mindful Nature on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:36:22 AM PDT

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      •  The choice is never just between killing or do (4+ / 0-)
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        nothing." You know that. There's a wide spectrum of options with different interpretations of what is possible & what consequences any action along the spectrum has.

        This country rarely ever "does nothing" about armed conflicts anywhere. We intervene one way or the other (militarily, diplomatically, back channels, etc). That's what happens when you're the worlds only super power.

        It is only a question of how we're involved.

        America's greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

        by catilinus on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:47:42 AM PDT

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        •  I think (0+ / 0-)

          That's what I was trying to say.  We should take a much more active role short of troops on the ground, which is the most dangerous.  Arms, civilian administrative assistance,  and a no fly zone would be a great start

          Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

          by Mindful Nature on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:46:44 AM PDT

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      •  Moon of Alabama (1+ / 0-)
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        has been following the situation in Syria for years.

        From the post on April 17:

        Syria: U.S. Deploys Headquarter Elements

        For now those are only 200 soldiers. But unlike the Special Forces the U.S. already deployed to Jordon to train Syrian insurgents these are not for immediate operations. A headquarter element of a division is for planing the eventual deployment of bigger parts of that division. The 1st Armored has four fighting plus one aviation brigade. Altogether more than 15,000 soldiers.

        MoA does not think the deployment of the rest of the division will be done, and thinks this might just be a head game.  But still, we've got Special Ops there, have had CIA there in Turkey and/or Jordan for years now working with the rebels, and now the headquarter elements of an army division.

        And taking down Assad is a stated goal.

        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:30:37 AM PDT

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