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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    It is beginning to look that way, but let's wait and see. When it comes to WMD and wars in the Mid East, once burned, twice cautious.
    Except this time, it's a well known and documented fact that Syria has chemical weapons i.e. WMD.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    I don't think this administration wants to acknowledge WMD was used. It might mean admitting they found the WMD that president Bush couldn't find.

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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I don't think this administration wants to acknowledge WMD was used. It might mean admitting they found the WMD that president Bush couldn't find.
    You mean you think he was just looking in the wrong country?
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    We shouldn't get involved either way as far as I'm concerned. We don't know who all these rebel groups are...there are more than one single entity. We don't want another Libya. We don't want another Afghanistan.

    The Syrian people have to do this. It is their fight...not ours. We can't afford another conflict. We are war weary nation. The United States should stand back entirely on this issue. No money, weapons, or anything to anyone.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    We shouldn't get involved either way as far as I'm concerned. We don't know who all these rebel groups are...there are more than one single entity. We don't want another Libya. We don't want another Afghanistan.

    The Syrian people have to do this. It is their fight...not ours. We can't afford another conflict. We are war weary nation. The United States should stand back entirely on this issue. No money, weapons, or anything to anyone.
    That is true, of course, but then what does the administration do about the "red line" statement?
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    That is true, of course, but then what does the administration do about the "red line" statement?
    Pretty stupid statement, but I'd rather see Obama have egg on his face than our country embroiled in another conflict.

    I say they should eat the dang crow and take the licking in the media...not like Obama has an election to win anymore.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Pretty stupid statement, but I'd rather see Obama have egg on his face than our country embroiled in another conflict.

    I say they should eat the dang crow and take the licking in the media...not like Obama has an election to win anymore.
    I'm guessing he'll save face by sending weapons, or perhaps by bombing government targets, but not by sending boots on the ground.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I don't think this administration wants to acknowledge WMD was used. It might mean admitting they found the WMD that president Bush couldn't find.
    The Brits and Italians have claimed that Sarin was used but American leadership doesn't want to know this because then they might have to act on it, red lines having been drawn. Better for them to say they are still unsure and have an excuse to do nothing.

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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I'm guessing he'll save face by sending weapons, or perhaps by bombing government targets, but not by sending boots on the ground.
    The problem with that is the same with Libya...we don't know who exactly we're helping by sending weapons...
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    The President was foolish to back himself into a rhetorical corner by calling chemical weapons a red line in the conflict. Damascus is calling his bluff and now the administration is going to be forced to equivocate (I predict) on the differentiation between small scale use and large scale use. Then at some future point when there is a larger more public display and usage of the weapons we'll see another round of equivocation about how this isn't quite far enough. It is severely damaging to our reputation and hurts our ability to influence the conflict in the future because it degrades the value of our promises for action or support. Maybe I'm wrong but I'd be extremely surprised if this President engaged militarily whatsoever in Syria regardless of what happens.

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