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  •  I hold him responsible to his word (0+ / 0-)

    "I have made clear that the use of chemical weapons is a game-changer."

    Okay then. The use of chemical weapons was established several months ago, and now it has happened again. Please tell me how "the game" has changed. Please tell me exactly what steps - and steps that would qualify as game changing - have been taken.  NONE

    Here's President Obama one year ago:  Aug. 20, 2012, "A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."

    Chemical weapons have been moved around, and they have now been used 3 times, and this third instance is a large escalation from the first 2.  Please tell me how the "calculus" has changed. NONE

    How many will die in the next use of chemical weapons? What if they are used along the Turkish border and Turkish citizens wind up being killed because we failed to act.

    My own solution? Take out the Syrian military with precision strikes, including all bases to which chemical weapons have been tracked. The same for all Hezbollah camps in Lebanon.  No troops on the ground, but de-escalate the violence by crippling their military capability.  That part did work in the first Gulf War in Iraq, and it worked when the Israelis kicked the Syrians back from the Golan Heights.

    As to Egypt, I want him to declare that a military coup did take place and end the foreign aid to their military.  This aid gives us no influence on events there, but it is about 37% of the Egyptian military's budget. End it now.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:41:10 AM PDT

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