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  •  Because he hasn't NOT attacked Syria yet? (3+ / 0-)

    What would you have done by this point in the crisis?

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 02:49:59 PM PDT

    •  Fair question. (3+ / 0-)

      1) I would not have drawn any red lines that boxed me into taking a bloody and fruitless decision. We know in advance the goal is not regime change, so it will accomplish nothing except Obama won't look like a wimp.

      2) I would have decided when the rebellion started, before 100,000 dead, whether to support the rebels in a meaningful way -- and stuck to that decision.

      3) Even if I had not done those things, I would not order the deaths of innocent civilians just because I couldn't think of anything better to do.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 03:16:31 PM PDT

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      •  Can you help me understand how (0+ / 0-)
        We know in advance the goal is not regime change
        Why else would US intervention, which clearly seems likely to bolster the rebels over Assad, even be on the table for discussion?

        I don't buy the war crimes punishment explanation being peddled in the MSM.  That's just to engender outrage among Americans who are otherwise very reluctant to put our military oar in in yet another middle eastern country's affairs.

        It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

        by ovals49 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:24:35 PM PDT

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        •  Obama said: (0+ / 0-)
          “We’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach,” Mr. Obama told reporters
          I don't know how much more obvious he could be that we are not planning an intervention that would do what it would take to crush the Assad regime.

          We are also not going to attack the chemical sites themselves, because that would be too risky for the surrounding population. It looks like it will be an attack on his air force, perhaps combined with an attack on his far more robust air defense network, if we intend to go in with ground attack a/c as well as TLAMs.

          This will indeed degrade Assad's chemical warfare capability, but it will not overthrow his regime, or come anywhere close to that.

          Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

          by memiller on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:54:26 PM PDT

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