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  •  Tom Clancy already posited this (0+ / 0-)

    in "Sum of All Fears."  And I basically agree with you.

    The only thing I question is whether our announcing that were were targeting him would actually have a material impact on his ability to maintain control. Saddaam for instance I'm sure assumed that we were targeting him for years before 2003. He managed to hold power.

    That's not say Assad would be able to, nor do I think not knowing if it would work is a reason not to do it. It's hard to see what downside it has other than pissing off countries like Russia and China who are already working at cross purposes to us. One of the arguments against it has always been that it opens us up to countries doing the same to us, but that rings very hollow to me. Bottom line is that you are right, if Assad ordered the use of the weapons (and certainly several intelligence sources, including some from Germany, at least raise some questions about that), he should be the one who is targeted.

    Now like you, I oppose military intervention at this point. Even targeting Assad directly essentially means one or more of several rebel groups, most of whom are what we'll loosely term Sunni extremists, will likely take over. That is such an unknown and potentially even worse situation that it's hard to support doing much of anything. Doing nothing except perhaps helping refugees is a very definite action - it's saying that the situation is so fucked up that there's nothing we can do militarily with a reasonable chance of improving the situation.

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    by eparrot on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:45:03 PM PDT

    •  Doing more to help the refugees would be best. (1+ / 0-)
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      Doing more to help the refugees put their lives together would be an excellent investment -- food, medical care, clothes, and schooling. Doing that would help produce pockets of stability, even though most of the recipients would still be in refugee camps.

      It would go part of the way toward winning trust in Syria and the region.

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