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  •  I never said that. (1+ / 0-)
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    Blue Wind

    Please stop putting words in my mouth.   Below I predicted that we would have a limitted strike that diod not destabilize Assad because we don't seem to want either side to win.

    That was prediction, not a preference.  I don't know what if anything should be done.

    Once again, you fight positions that I have not taken.  

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    by TomP on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:27:32 AM PDT

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    •  Are you against the intervention and bombing or (0+ / 0-)

      for it?  If you are against it and you make that clear, I will retract all my comments and apologize.   But this there is no middle way here.  Many innocent civilians will die if and when the bombing starts.   You cannot approve it or disapprove it at the same time.

    •  How could we bomb without destabilizing? (1+ / 0-)
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      Blue Wind

      It's an honest question, not saying you're wrong but I just don't understand strategically how it would unfold. Wars have a way of confounding those who think they can keep it under control, as World War I notoriously showed (Guns of August) and of course Vietnam and Iraq more recently.

      Syria is very different from Libya, in that both Iran and Russia have a strong interest in opposing a US intervention there. On top of that, Iraqi Shiites (whom we empowered next door) are far more likely to support the Assad regime against us.

      I guess one could make the case that cruise missile strikes could be "limited and punitive" but I don't really see how even that would work. What if for example it turns that the chemical weapons were used by the al-Nusrah rebels (who are al-Qaida guided, well-trained and armed), and we were duped into launching cruise missiles against Assad? What if our intervention emboldens al-Nusrah to carry out genocidal attacks on Kurds, Alawites and Christians (they're often Wahhabi extremists and this is already occurring)?

      I don't see any way that intervention at this point would lead to anything other than an utter disaster, which is probably why the vast majority of Americans in polls strongly oppose going in there.

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