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  •  Now, THAT'S more like it. (11+ / 0-)

    Better than knee-jerk bombing, for sure.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 05:29:00 AM PDT

    •  If bombing occurs, it's not knee jerk. (3+ / 0-)
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      Lawrence, Gurnt, AgavePup

      Assad has used gas multiple times in the past few months.  It was just on a smaller scale.  He's gradually increased the size of his chemical attacks each time, in order to, as theorized by der Spiegel (a publication highly regarded by progressives), desensitize the world to gassing so they ignore the gradually larger and larger cw attacks.

      A "knee jerk" bombing would have been an one that occurred months ago after the first small attack, not one that occurs months later after Assad finally increased the size of his attacks beyond a threshold tolerated by at least one country's leader, even though Assad has yet to reach a threshold whereby any of the rest of the world gives a damn.  

      Der Spiegel writers expressed their being appalled at the world's insistence on turning a "blind eye" to Assad's gradual, increasingly larger gas attacks.  But that may have been just those particular writers.  Der Spiegel might have other writers of opposite opinion, though I've not seen them cited yet.

    •  Better but without answering certain (1+ / 0-)
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      very significant questions, not good enough.

      It makes our entrance to war dependent on Assad's actions, not on our having answered certain very important questions.

      Powell Doctrine.

      The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:18:00 AM PDT

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