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  •  There's another option yet (1+ / 0-)
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    delver rootnose

    that's virtually not being discussed. If the WH really thinks that the rebel faction are the good guys who need to win this war, we can support the daylights out of them to the degree that a victory would be highly likely.

    I'm not endorsing this tack - it's essentially suggesting a proxy situation with Russia. But if your overarching intention is to reduce the loss of life perpetrated by this years-long civil war, an action such as this would probably select a certain winner.

    This probably certifies that loss of life though civil strife would be greatly reduced. It's also likely equally probable that this strategy wouldn't represent any kind of permanent solution. And it's virtually a certainty that this plan is fraught with any number of unpleasant complications and ongoing negative ramifications.

    There are only bad answers and worse answers to the Syria situation.

    When they call roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty'. --Teddy Roosevelt

    by thenekkidtruth on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:11:59 AM PDT

    •  Hate to be so cynical, but (2+ / 0-)
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      thenekkidtruth, CenPhx
      If the WH really thinks that the rebel faction are the good guys who need to win this war, we can support the daylights out of them to the degree that a victory would be highly likely.
      What %age of WH insiders actually think the rebels are the good guys? A good portion of them are al Qaeda, some are the ex prisoners from Saudi Arabia, some are mercenaries from all over the globe, some are Syrian freedom fighters, in all there purport to be around 50 different groups of "rebels" (could be more). Sorting them out is a pretty daunting task.
      •  Maybe I'm the one who's being cynical (1+ / 0-)
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        OHdog

        by suggesting that the WH thinks highly of the rebel coalition, so we're in agreement. More properly, perhaps, it's best simply to say that the WH is in agreement to back them.

        I've written recently in a different forum about the diversity of the rebel Syrian factions which include the following, and also (as you correctly point out) much more:

        Here's a country that has Arab Sunnis, Alawites, Christians (two different kinds), Kurds, Druze, Turkmen, Palestinans, Shias, Circassians and Kurds, all in a country with a population of only around 21M. Each faction has competing interests with the others, and it's like that throughout every country in the Middle East.
        Syria is very complicated and very messy.

        When they call roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty'. --Teddy Roosevelt

        by thenekkidtruth on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:04:13 AM PDT

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