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  •  Is the threat of a strike just a diplomatic ploy? (2+ / 0-)
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    With concern to Syria's situation, something really needs to happen in some form to reach a peaceful accord for nothing else but to stop the bloodshed.

    The idea of some large, small or one size fits all military assault his been shown to be a non-starter. But has it really been the plan of the POTUS all along? I keep wondering if this isn't a bluff by the White House to make Assad finally accept some longstanding change in the situation. If that is true this is one helluva poker face he is putting up to Congress. Threats of a military attack are in themselves a tool of diplomacy. If you were going to really do something like bomb sites in Syria do you really think they would waste all this time allowing Assad to move his munitions and forces around? As in Iraq, he would likely have put them in populated areas where no clean strike could occur (if they aren't already that way). So the actual threat to Assad of a military strike is a form of coercion to make him more open to a peace accord. Was this their plan all along?

    I know the United States in it's long illustrious history has ignored human suffering in other parts of the world. But does that mean we shouldn't attempt to do something here? But if we do engage in some effort it must be something appropriate to a future peace in that region otherwise we are just putting more fuel on the fires of hatred that keep this country at war with itself.

    Bullets never created peace, just more graves when peace finally broke out.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:09:11 AM PDT

    •  Assad has an out also....he can either double-down (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, i dunno, Wynter

      or start to fix this mess...the day is young.

    •  It doesn't have to be the plan all along. (0+ / 0-)

      The contingency of "maybe they'll fold" is always a part of preparing for the use of force, but that doesn't mean the threat was a bluff all along.

      I wouldn't completely rule out the idea that this was the plan from the beginning - the decision to go to Congress for a limited air campaign was extremely unusual - but just because something works out doesn't mean it was intended that way all along.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:22:52 AM PDT

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