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  •  What would be our mission? (4+ / 0-)

    If we manage to unseat Assad, what do we get? Nobody really knows. Almost certainly another dictatorship. Better? Worse?

    If we fail to unseat Assad, we get to play the role of paper tigers, unable to deal effectively with a third world tyrant.

    Sending in cruise missiles and air power commits us to -- what? Suppose the sarin attacks continue? How certain are we that we can bring about the desired result? For that matter, what is the desired result?

    Having rattled our sabers, we will look foolish and impotent when that doesn't, er, secure the desired result, whatever that might be.

    It would seem that the tactic of drawing red lines ought to be employed only when the stakes are so high that are willing to go "all in" if those lines are crossed. Are we?

    ... but He loves you! -- George Carlin -- (-7.25, -6.21)

    by Tim DeLaney on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 05:27:16 AM PDT

    •  Excellent set of questions, (2+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, Tim DeLaney

      all of which need to be addressed fully before any decision is made.

    •  Even when we went 'all in' in Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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      terrorist organizations and anti-American insurgents managed to get a hold of massive quantities of explosives and munitions, looted from Saddam's liberated ammo bunkers.

      Military solutions generally don't work in the long run. If they did, we wouldn't have war any more, because we have been trying military solutions for thousands of years. We need to think outside that particular box.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:35:06 AM PDT

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