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  •  I fear President Obama has no clue what to do (7+ / 0-)

    and has allowed himself to be entrapped by bad advice.

    It was a mistake to demand from the outset that Assad had to go - that made any subsequent diplomatic approach practically impossible.

    It was a mistake to set red lines. Very biased set lines  at that, which seemed to apply only to Assad and not at all to the Jihadist rebels, thereby giving the impression that this was not about humanitarian concern for the Syrian people but instead about predetermined regime change. Red lines which got him stuck in a no-withdrawl-without-losing-face situation.

    These are major, extremely amateurish diplomatic blunders.

    Then, this situation is quite different from that of Ghadaffi and that of Hussein, for neither of these had any allies and had insignificant, easy to beat militaries.

    Syria is a very different kettle of fish, it has a strong, up to date military, and has close allies in Russia, China and Iran. All three have already issued strong warnings against attacking Syria.

    I'm not so alarmist as to claim that this will lead to WWIII.
    But it's not going to be easy, and the result for us on the international front could turn out extremely humiliating.

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:03:20 AM PDT

    •  Can we not do it? (0+ / 0-)

      Is there still a chance for us not to do it?

      We haven't done anything yet except talk about how horrible it is and how something must be done and how Assad must go, right? We've rattled sabres but made no commitment, right?

      The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:14:06 AM PDT

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