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  •  Well, that might make a political settlement (5+ / 0-)

    easier. He's still on the hook for slaughtering his people, though.
    Syria will still have to secure the CW or allow an international team in to secure it.
    Maybe Russia could act as "non-combatant" and offer to secure the caches. This would give them a chance to be seen as playing a constructive role. They still have people over there.

    The fact is that Assad's brother and the 4th army are the likely suspects in doing this, and he may not have needed an order.

    Hopefully we're seeing some developments which will lead away from a strike by the US.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 06:29:17 AM PDT

    •  I just wish we could have had (4+ / 0-)
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      the story straight the first time. Why do we have to go all 'ready to strike' right at the gitgo?  Our history is replete with jumping the gun before the true story is out. Like: Spanish American war - remembering the Maine, Gulf of Tonkin,   Finding the WMD in Iraq, it goes on and on. When does our foreign policy grow up?

      At the very least, this may help to delay any action until we actually hear the UN inspectors report, hopefully?

      Keep constant watch on your mind. - Dalai Lama

      by redstella on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 06:39:57 AM PDT

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      •  Well, possibly US and other intel agencies knew (1+ / 0-)
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        who did it (in general) and why, which puts the responsibility on Assad in any case.

        Also, Kerry's and others contention that the Pres. could legitimately strike Syrian targets without Congress may forestall a Syrian CW strike immediately after Congress bats down the aumf.
        It doesn't mean he will, but it keeps them guessing. So it might save some poor hapless civilians caught in the wrong place a week or so while there's still a chance of a political ratcheting down of the crisis.

        So, Im not going to criticize Kerry's assertions.
        Frankly I see the real enemy in all this as being the gop.
        Hopefully we can get Assad to back away from the CW, but the gop is trying to neuter the Pres. from acting in any form whatsoever, on any subject, and they're doing this for partisan politics.
        As for foreign policy, "non-interventionism' is a creature of the moment. It will last as long as Obama is Pres. Esp. if we get a gop Pres. in 2016 it will be out the window in a heartbeat.
        That includes Rand Paul. The fascination with Ron Paul's non-interventionist "libertarian" schtick was a function of the die-hard gop base's effort to "rebrand" itself (tea party) after Bush and go into denial about the support for neocon imperialism.
        If he's elected, "non-intervention" may receive lip service but he'll be plenty chummy with the MIC , the Neocons and Wall Street on foreign policy.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 08:14:33 AM PDT

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    •  Brother probably got a verbal policy on the side (1+ / 0-)
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      in a family mafia regime like the Assads quid pro quos, deniable understandings would be the rule. Omerta and person to person policy operates there too.

      Of course Assad is aware of who controls the CW and they know what they are allowed to do or not do.

      US or German or whoever's Intel is not so good that it has insect-like spy drones listening in on one to ones between regime family members and insiders...

      and all the communication intercepts in the world will not give access to the final inner layer of communication...

      The Syrians know foreign intelligence is listening in... they obviously have to think about the Israelis at least...

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 09:18:19 AM PDT

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