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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    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.
    He's backed himself into too many corners and everyone now knows his words mean nothing.

    I rather doubt he will act militarily and obviously America's enemies know this as well. Even if he did, briefly, it would be only be short term satisfaction to save some face.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    You've already seen the backpedaling by the administration. They are looking for any possible way to say that they don't know if they were used, because it will force them to act or look like bloviating idiots.

    Syrian Blood Tests Positive for Sarin Gas, U.S. Spies Say | Danger Room | Wired.com


    which is why they sent their Secy of Defense out ..

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    The problem with that is the same with Libya...we don't know who exactly we're helping by sending weapons...
    Right.
    and with Egypt as well
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    You mean you think he was just looking in the wrong country?
    The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.

    "There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were taken over."
    I just picked the first link that I found.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Right.
    and with Egypt as well
    Yep them too...That is the reason why I think we should step back and do nothing. It is a tragedy that over 70,000 have died. It is horrid that the Assad regime would use chemical weapons on his own people. It not our business though. We can grieve and hope for the best, but to intervene when we know so little about who we are helping would be profoundly naive.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Yep them too...That is the reason why I think we should step back and do nothing. It is a tragedy that over 70,000 have died. It is horrid that the Assad regime would use chemical weapons on his own people. It not our business though. We can grieve and hope for the best, but to intervene when we know so little about who we are helping would be profoundly naive.
    The destruction of the Asad regime would be a major blow against Iran, and therefore a good thing for the US.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The destruction of the Asad regime would be a major blow against Iran, and therefore a good thing for the US.
    Iran is no threat to us at all. They don't have the capability to attack us.

    Syria maybe allies to Iran under Assad regime, but what says it won't be with these groups who we don't know? We have no idea who we would be supporting.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Iran is no threat to us at all. They don't have the capability to attack us.

    Syria maybe allies to Iran under Assad regime, but what says it won't be with these groups who we don't know? We have no idea who we would be supporting.
    The Asad regime is based on an ethnic minority that is Shia by religion. That makes them a religious minority too, and is the basis of the Iran alliance. That is also why they support Hezbollah in Lebanon. Without Syria, Hezbollah would smother. This would ease pressure on Israel and make war in the middle east much less likely.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The Asad regime is based on an ethnic minority that is Shia by religion. That makes them a religious minority too, and is the basis of the Iran alliance. That is also why they support Hezbollah in Lebanon. Without Syria, Hezbollah would smother. This would ease pressure on Israel and make war in the middle east much less likely.
    Are the rebels Sunni, then? Is this in reality a religious war? If so, then we want to stay as far away from it as we possibly can.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The Asad regime is based on an ethnic minority that is Shia by religion. That makes them a religious minority too, and is the basis of the Iran alliance. That is also why they support Hezbollah in Lebanon. Without Syria, Hezbollah would smother. This would ease pressure on Israel and make war in the middle east much less likely.
    You are assuming that all the rebel groups are Sunni. That may not be the case. We shouldn't assume in this matter.

    Israel can take care of itself. We need to ease up the obsession with that country as it is.
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