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

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    How short-sighted of the Treaty writers, who should have recognized that nothing ever stays the same, as you cited above! So, in theory, we could be attacked by someone with whom we have a Treaty, and our hands would be tied by a piece of paper?
    Yes, in theory and it has happened in the past. Remember the USSR and Germany signed a treaty and the following year, Hitler invaded Russia. North Vietnam signed the 1962 Geneva Accords agreeing to withdraw all their forces, they didn't, they kept them all in place while we withdrew ours. A lot of the nuclear treaties the USSR signed with us, they ignored the portions they wanted to. So it all depends on whom the piece of paper is between. So far, with Egypt anyway, both sides or all sides I should say have honored it. Oh, I almost forget, Remember Nevil Chamberlain and the treaty with Hitler he signed in 1939. There are tons of others, history is full of broken treaties. We, the U.S. are famous for signing treaties with the Indians and then breaking them and stealing more lands.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Why was it ok with Libya? Obama shouldn't have let his big mouth write checks he had no intention of cashing. All he did, is make America look weak to enemies in the region as well as allies.
    It wasn't okay with Libya. No he shouldn't...the check would bounce anyway considering our country's finances. So we look weak...oh well...go ahead and attempt to actually attack us and see what happens.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    In a way I applaud President Obama for taking his time here. From what I read around 20% of those fighting the Aasad regime have AQ connections vs. Aasad which is backed by Iran. Syria could very well be a lose, lose situation regardless what we do and even if we do nothing. It could boil down to do we want an Iranian back Aasad or a AQ backed new government that disposes Aasad. Not very good choices.

    But I do agree, the perception is there throughout the Middle East that once that red line was crossed, the U.S. would retaliate. Most hoped for a no fly zone while others were looking for something akin to Desert Storm.

    Morning Perotista,

    I agree that Obama has backed himself into an impossible corner....I am in the camp of maybe a no fly zone, but not much else. Obama really screwed the pooch with his big mouth here.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Did Obama say that "the use of any chemical weapons in Syria would change the calculus", or did he not?

    What do you think he meant by that?

    Empty threat?
    Strong letter?
    ....
    Nothing?

    Now, all the sudden it's about the amount used?

    Obama is feckless, and the world knows it.
    Well, I do know that the US and its allies have been backing the rebels for quite some time, with their end game being to overthrow Assad. I don't think that it was a strong threat per se, but it was a threat nonetheless and clearly implies that the US would attempt to intervene militarily as they did in Libya. However, the problem is that there isn't any conclusive evidence that Assad used chemical weapons, however I doubt that will stop Obama as we have seen the media lies in regards to Gaddafi and the myth of his giving Viagra to troops to rape women which turned out to be false.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Morning Perotista,

    I agree that Obama has backed himself into an impossible corner....I am in the camp of maybe a no fly zone, but not much else. Obama really screwed the pooch with his big mouth here.
    But a NFZ will easily evolve into taking out Assad. In addition to this, there were US forces on the ground in Libya. In March of 2011, retired Colonel David Hunt of the US Army and Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former Army intelligence officer were interviewed about special forces in Libya. Hunt stated

    Yes, absolutely. You’ve got British service been in there about three weeks ago and actually got captured and released. The French GIGN have been in there and our special forces and our U.S. intelligence operatives and their assets. We do not conduct operations like this, large scale air operations, without people on the ground. They have been very successful, very good, not a lot of contact with the rebels because you don’t know who to talk to. But, yes, we have got intel gathering and rescue guys and special operations guys on the ground, have had them for about 12 days.

    Shaffer stated

    Yes, I have heard from my sources — I got a call from one of my key sources on Monday and that’s exactly what’s going on. Let’s be really clear here. You have got to have these individuals doing what Dave just said, especially when you are talking about trying to protect, and the stated goal here, Bill, is humanitarian support. So you don’t want to have weapons hitting the wrong targets. So, Dave is very good on the fact that we have special operations guys sitting there with laser designators.

    Source: Are U.S. Troops Already on the Ground in Libya? | Interviews | The O'Reilly Factor
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    BHO already declared the red line. It does no one good when the POTUS tucks his tail between his legs and slinks away after talking tough.
    He's going to get really really mad at them now!
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    But a NFZ will easily evolve into taking out Assad. In addition to this, there were US forces on the ground in Libya. In March of 2011, retired Colonel David Hunt of the US Army and Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former Army intelligence officer were interviewed about special forces in Libya. Hunt stated

    Yes, absolutely. You’ve got British service been in there about three weeks ago and actually got captured and released. The French GIGN have been in there and our special forces and our U.S. intelligence operatives and their assets. We do not conduct operations like this, large scale air operations, without people on the ground. They have been very successful, very good, not a lot of contact with the rebels because you don’t know who to talk to. But, yes, we have got intel gathering and rescue guys and special operations guys on the ground, have had them for about 12 days.

    Shaffer stated

    Yes, I have heard from my sources — I got a call from one of my key sources on Monday and that’s exactly what’s going on. Let’s be really clear here. You have got to have these individuals doing what Dave just said, especially when you are talking about trying to protect, and the stated goal here, Bill, is humanitarian support. So you don’t want to have weapons hitting the wrong targets. So, Dave is very good on the fact that we have special operations guys sitting there with laser designators.

    Source: Are U.S. Troops Already on the Ground in Libya? | Interviews | The O'Reilly Factor

    Mmmmhhhhmmmm! I understand. But, Obama has botched his involvement in the ME. So far, he seems to have backed all of the wrong elements, while snubbing our allies....This is no different. He is an empty suit.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    He's going to get really really mad at them now!
    There are always more red lines he can draw. There is sand everywhere in that area..

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

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Morning Perotista,

    I agree that Obama has backed himself into an impossible corner....I am in the camp of maybe a no fly zone, but not much else. Obama really screwed the pooch with his big mouth here.
    Yeah, pretty much. I do not think he really knows what he wants to do or even if doing nothing might be the best thing. But as the old saying goes, words have consequences. Now that part of the world is expecting some action, but who know what they will get? But at this moment, I am happy the president hadn't rushed into something half cocked. I don't know what I would do either.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    If AQ Syria gets to those weapons before they're secured, there'll be more hell to pay than just mud on Obama's face.

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