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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Has Obama flat out said 'No boots on the ground in Syria, like he did in Libya?

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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    You have no plan at all.
    welll, it's not my plan. but yes, you will no doubt be happy to know that it's there and it's fairly solid.

    It is highly unlikely that you will be able to collapse the entire Syrian regime from the air alone
    eh, total collapse would be a happy event, but not a necessity. I think you are fundamentally misunderstanding my goal. I would love to see Lebanon freed, Syria's regime collapse, and the Muslim Brotherhood convert to Jeffersonianism. In the absence of achieving these goals, I have a number of second-tier considerations that we should consider, mostly to do with destroying that regimes' collected strength and protected facilities.

    Even if you do that, you have no guarantee that the successors will be any better, especially if are pissed about being attacked. Even if you succeed at that, the backlash from the rest of the Arab world would probably negate any benefits in overall security. Syria is a minimal threat to the U.S. in the first place as they primarily focus on Israel. There simply is too little gain and too much to lose by such an action.
    Syria is a minimal threat? : yeah, totally minimal. It's not like they are a major international supporter, enabler, trainer, and funder of terrorism that targets US personnel. no, no way at all. and It's not like the Israelis blew up a nuclear facility there recently; why do you ask? and it's not like they're not directly responsible for the deaths of our troops in Iraq, no no no, they're very peace-loving people, the Asssad regime is.


    "minimal" threat JORDAN is a "minimal" threat. SYRIA is Bad Guy #2 in the region, right next to their Big Brother Iran.

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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    You cannot remove Syria's ability to support our enemies with airstrikes. Essentially, you want to piss off Syria by attacking them, while leaving there means of retaliation intact. That doesn't protect American and in fact puts us in greater harm.

    Right now, everyone is Syria is too focused on domestic issues to care about anyone internationally. In a few months, we will leave Iraq and thus no longer be a target. We are in the advantageous position and the moment and it would be foolish to throw it away.

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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    You cannot remove Syria's ability to support our enemies with airstrikes.
    you can't stop terrorism; but you can sure as hell make it harder for those stationary actors who support it to do so.

    Essentially, you want to piss off Syria by attacking them, while leaving there means of retaliation intact.
    wrong. if Syria is weakened internally they are busy fighting off a rebellion with reduced resources. How do you take tanks against the rebels when every tank column you have is smoking hulks?

    we need to destroy their fixed positions, their hardened positions, their critical facilities, and tear their order of battle to shreds. We can reduce their EW and IADS capability to jack-all, which would enable any future US or Israeli strike that becomes necessary. Once we have accomplished our SEAD we can split our focus between conventional and asymetric network targets. Let a weakened and leaderless Hezbollah shift from being an offensive force to being one of Syria's few remaining internal supports - that will degrade the Regimes' legitimacy at home and reduce their ability to strike abroad.

    Right now, everyone is Syria is too focused on domestic issues to care about anyone internationally
    which is why it is the perfect time for us to come and handle this before we have to do so in a more difficult environment.

    because make no mistake - they are our enemy. and eventually we will.

    In a few months, we will leave Iraq and thus no longer be a target. We are in the advantageous position and the moment and it would be foolish to throw it away.
    advantageous position to do what? watch Iran continue to expand it's influence and power over the Middle East? No Thanks. This is a chance to bloody their nose and we should take it.
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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    I put no, because you guys suck at peacekeeping ^_^ You specialise at blowing everything up. I'd support Canada going in, only if it was UN sanctioned.
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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    I put no, because you guys suck at peacekeeping ^_^ You specialise at blowing everything up. I'd support Canada going in, only if it was UN sanctioned.
    who said anything about peacekeeping? we do specialize at blowing things up, and I see no reason here not to play to our strengths.

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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    who said anything about peacekeeping? we do specialize at blowing things up, and I see no reason here not to play to our strengths.
    Lol, I guess so, but I' support any action in Syria if it was UN sanctioned. So if Ban-ki Moon said go ahead blow the country apart, I'd be okay with it ^_^
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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Yeah, we should just have a standing army in every single country in the world. We can start drafting kids for mandatory service at the age of 12.
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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Yeah, we should just have a standing army in every single country in the world. We can start drafting kids for mandatory service at the age of 12.
    Sarcasm I hope?
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    Re: Should the USA send troops in Syria?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    Sarcasm I hope?
    Oh, absolutely.
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