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  •  Anonymous source... (6+ / 0-)
    A senior defense official said intelligence officials have detected activity around more than one of Syria's chemical weapons sites in the last week.
    The most prudent thing that the Assad government should be doing ins reinforcing the guards around these sites so that they do not come into play in the conflict.  That prudent action would constitute "activity".

    Unless someone is doing some WMD-type hyping to get US involvement in this mess.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:39:13 PM PST

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    •  Bush destroyed more than the economy (1+ / 0-)
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      He destroyed the confidence in government. Assad may very well be prepared to use sarin gas, but after the Bush/Cheney lies about WMD, people have this almost pavlovian reaction the minute the government talks about some threat.

      I'm absolutely confident that President Obama doesn't lie. But there is a little part of me that wonders if he is being lied to. I keep reassuring myself with the thought that President Obama is very well aware of the shenanigans leading to the Iraq war, and has surely put some effort into making sure the intelligence apparatus isn't feeding him bogus information.

      •  umm, Pluto is arguing (5+ / 0-)

        that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a good time to lose confidence in a government when warfare is involved.

        I think I'll go with Pluto.

        •  Good move. (4+ / 0-)

          I happen to be right about this one.

          But we have the same oafs and orcs populating America -- the same ones who fell for the Afghanistan and Iraq idiocy.

          The US is desperate for a boots-on-the-ground war. Any goddamn war will do. Syria is a bullshit proxy war armed and fought by outsiders -- but we already blew it there.

          But perhaps this fresh Syria horseshit is a distraction for our brand new war taking place right now:

          Pentagon planning for multinational military operation in Mali
          U.S. military planners have begun to help organize a multinational proxy force to intervene next year in Mali, the famine-stricken, coup-wracked African country that has become a magnet for Islamist extremists, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

          The international force would be led on the ground by several thousand Malian and West African troops but would receive extensive support from the Pentagon and the State Department, which would help train, equip and transport the troops, Obama administration officials said.

          The disclosure that U.S. military planners have started to prepare for the intervention was made by officials from the State Department and Pentagon at a Senate hearing Wednesday. It was the clearest sign yet that the administration has decided to take a more aggressive stance against al-Qaeda’s growing affiliate in North Africa and to try to restore order in Mali, a Saharan country on the verge of collapse.

          A military operation in Mali, however, will inevitably be messy and unpredictable. The chronic instability in the country, one of the world’s poorest and riven by tribal divisions and corruption, has rapidly worsened since Islamist extremists took control of northern Mali — a chunk of territory the size of Texas — this year.

          Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called northern Mali “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world.”

          Other U.S. officials said al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate, which for years attracted limited global attention, poses an increasing threat. The group has become well-stocked with weapons smuggled out of Libya after the NATO-led war there last year. It finances its operations by smuggling rackets and by kidnapping foreigners for ransom.

          At the same time, U.S. officials acknowledged that the group has not demonstrated an ability to launch terrorist attacks outside the region. Some independent analysts have questioned whether the administration’s strategy could backfire by embroiling the United States in an in­trac­table local conflict.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

          This is a marriage made in heave for Our corrupt Defense Overlords and totally depraved State Department.

          Watch the American people become suckers one more time on the international stage.


          A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

          by Pluto on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:06:27 PM PST

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      •  Obama made a pro forma statement (0+ / 0-)

        ...likely to quiet Israel down to the effect that the actual use of chemical weapons crossing a red line as far as the US is concerned.  That statement is intended to also deter Assad.

        But as I said above, Assad's use of chemical weapons against the FSA or other opposition risks also affecting supporters of the regime.  They are not segregated by politics in the cities.

        My sense is that the President is handling this with a great deal of restraint and letting events unfold without the usual practice of bigfooting US power.

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        by TarheelDem on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:54:39 PM PST

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