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  •  war is killing people (5+ / 0-)
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    Lepanto, corvo, caul, Sandino, costello7

    Nothing Assad has done comes close to what the US did in Vietnam and Iraq.  I suggest that you turn your high-horse justifications for bombing on the more appropriate target (which used no small amount of chemical weapons in both those (I'm sure you think noble and justified) wars).  

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:17:59 PM PDT

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    •  Sigh. Again, a total lack of understanding of war (0+ / 0-)

      The point of Vietnam and Iraq was that war was used improperly - I do not condone what happened in Vietnam after 1968 or Iraq beyond 2003.

      In Vietnam, the political goal was to stop the spread of communism. War was used to do so, and in 1968, having defeated the North Vietnamese army and crippled the infrastructure of the country, the use of war should have ended, as it had accomplished everything it could towards that goal. The last 7 years of the use of military force in Vietnam was an improper use of war.  It was neither noble nor justified.

      In Iraq, the political goal was to  . . . ? And therein lies the problem.  The goal was a dog's breakfast of complaints against Saddam and undefined "support of democracy in the Middle East". The only definable goal for which the use of war was appropriate was to remove Saddam from power and defeat Iraq's military.  We did so in 2003, and should have brought an end to military use of force at that time. Everything after that was an improper use of war and was neither noble nor justified.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:15:46 AM PDT

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