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  •  So when will Obama propose deterrent force? (3+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw, Richard Lyon, YucatanMan

    Verses what he outlined in his speech, which no one in their right mind thinks will change the situation?

    And where was the world when Saddam Hussain used chemical weapons in the Iraq-Iran war?  Well, we know where the US government was then; keeping as low a profile as possible.

    If the US sends cruise missiles and this fixes the problem I owe you a plate of eaten crow.

    What Obama has propose is a punitive act, not a corrective or preventive one.

    •  Among other propositions (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, koNko

      A leading contender lately seems to be that this is an imminent matter of national security, which is absurd on its face.

      There's none so blind as those that will not see. --Jonathan Swift

      by chuckvw on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 10:03:10 AM PDT

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    •  One of my hypotheses is (3+ / 0-)
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      that this is intended as a show of force for the benefit of Russia and Iran. the 456 dead children are supporting rhetoric.

      •  Yes, I have thought all along this is about Iran. (2+ / 0-)
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        The "red line" has nothing to do with chemical weapons, in reality.  It is about the willingness and demonstrated ability of the USA to strike when countries don't abide by our will (nuclear weapons) and our resolve to be seen as powerful.

        It is a demonstration project for Iran: "get in line, or this could happen to you."  200-300 cruise missiles blowing up empty runways and empty buildings is a demonstration project.

        The fact that this will also terrorize a civilian population doesn't matter at all.  We don't mind being terrorists when we have a message to send.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 12:49:20 PM PDT

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