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  •  PBO/Kerry never proposed "neutralizing" or (0+ / 0-)

    "capturing" Syria's CW. They proposed a punitive strike to deter further deployments.

    Strikes on the Syrian army's fuel supplies would actually degrade their ability to move the CW munitions - and the aircraft, artillery and rocket launchers required to deliver them.

    It would also crimp their ability to move troops and conventional weapons. The Russian response indicates that Assad took that threat very seriously.

    It's not likely that gas will be used again, at least not until the rebels are about to overrun the presidential palace. But it would be good to have the stuff "sequestered" in place, under U.N. lock & seal, with surveillance cameras, etc. etc.

    That's probably the best we can hope for.

    Authorization to respond to further use with force needs to be part of the package.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 02:06:46 PM PDT

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