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  •  Under what circumstance is Assad most likely (4+ / 0-)
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    the authorize wide scale use of chemical weapons?

    I'd say a foreign invasion, or if he believes that hi own survival is otherwise impossible.

    I cannot figure out how degrading his conventional capabilities makes him less likely to resort to WMD.

    1) Bomb Syria 2)???????????? 3) Lives saved!!!!!!

    by JesseCW on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 09:57:10 AM PDT

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    •  and if anyone were considering an invasion (0+ / 0-)

      that argument might have weight.  Since it is pretty clearly off the table, it is much less so.

      And of course the answer is if launching chemical weapons attacks results in having a bunch of critical gunships being blown up or critical facilities he needs to retake the whole county being destroyed, then that would provide a different calculus than if there is no consequence.

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