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  •  They are not (3+ / 0-)
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    corvo, native, protectspice

    apples and oranges - they are blood and treasure and not to be expended just to prove a point.

    This isn't a Tom Clancy novel. We're talking about spending real money and killing real people.

    It's real easy to commit and not so easy to get out once you're in. You may think we can do "one cruise missile strike" but events have a habit of taking off on their own once set in motion.

    Suppose Syria retaliates? Then what?

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:39:53 AM PDT

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    •  Syria retaliates how? (0+ / 0-)

      I think our response depends on how Syria retaliates, if they do at all.

      Our response to the use of the nerve gas could be to arm the rebels, except the best of them are al Qaeda.The President is under a lot of pressure to respond, but if the talking heads are right he is strongly resisting. My best guess is that we will start arming the rebels we like with much more sophisticated weapons and make a big public show of it as our "response", even though it will not change the situation on the ground very much.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:41:44 AM PDT

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      •  Syria couldn't retaliate directly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Most likely retaliation would be carried out by Hezbollah against a U.S. asset somewhere. Perhaps in Lebanon. Perhaps somewhere else. But it's a good bet that there would be some form of retaliation.

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