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  •  the liberals are weak (1+ / 0-)
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    The people with the fighting skill and the most weapons are al Qaeda.  If you are fantasizing that we can make Assad fall and replace him with a secular democracy you are woefully misinformed.

    By saying so I am not defending Assad, who is a monster.  But there is no magic button the president can push to create a good outcome.

    •  So weak that the gov't used its chem. wpns on them (0+ / 0-)

      So weak that they were gaining ground in the Damascus suburbs, while the mighty Nusra Front was off beating up Kurds in the middle of nowhere, and can't get within 40 miles of the city.

      The Nusra Front fighters are skilled veterans, no question, but there just aren't that many of them, compared to the indigenous forces.

      Anyway, this isn't about regime change. It's about whether or not chemical warfare returns as a part of modern war. I've been against military intervention there for two years. A chemical weapons massacre changes the equation.

      This is bigger than Syria, bigger than the Middle East. This is about the whole world.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:38:43 PM PDT

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      •  So, do you have a SPECIFIC military response that (0+ / 0-)

        will make you happy? If so, what are the consequences you envision.

        -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

        Why must we struggle to protect the accomplishments of Democrats of the past from Democrats of the present? -- cal2010

        by 84thProblem on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 07:51:42 PM PDT

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        •  Before we go onto another subject... (0+ / 0-)

          let's nail this one down.

          The claim was that the non-Nusra Front Syrian rebels were weak. We can dispose of that argument now, right?

          Being a member of the reality-based community, I like to work from the facts to the policy.

          Art is the handmaid of human good.

          by joe from Lowell on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:18:27 AM PDT

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