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  •  sorry - I meant to say "ground war" involving (0+ / 0-)

    us troops on the ground.

    I am essentially agreeing with your last point:

    "The problem with Syria is that very few people see it as a threat to the safety of the American public. That is really the only sure fire convincing argument for an act of war. "

    all of Iraq's build up was a huge propaganda effort which lead to many not wanting to appear weak about this.. that is what got Hillary in trouble, among other political calculations she was making..

    this just is not present here.

    •  That is why I think that Obama (0+ / 0-)

      is putting his eggs in the wrong basket.

      •  well.. it is certainly a reason for robust debate (0+ / 0-)

        and lots of political grandstanding..

        it is the kind of issue the politicians can afford to be vocal about and most will predictably voice what you might expect given it is coming from their mouths..

        So, I am expecting anything other than  a blank check here.. lots and lots of speeches about this and that.

        then a close vote as it is less likely one will be deemed "unpatriotic" if they vote against this, especially since it will likely be over degree of action.  But he will get congressional approval for some sort of action on the grounds that the world must know that chemical weapons are just going too far.. just like a tactical nuke would be if they used one of those on their own people.

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