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  •  Let me guess... (9+ / 0-)
    They want to spend 100 million to arm the Syrian rebels.
    They're not by any chance hoping that those Syrian rebels will spend all those dollars at the "Arms 'R' Us" outlet mall for foreign arms suppliers, conveniently located near a US arms manufacturer, right?  And hope, hope, hoping that this will turn into the next non-declared war to bleed the US dry and enrich the war profiteers?  

    I agree.  I'm a liberal, too.  This is too much.  Too soon and too much.  I feel sorry for the Syrian rebels, but surely there's someone else on the planet who can foot the bill this time.

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:48:53 PM PDT

    •  I don't feel the least bit sorry (6+ / 0-)

      about the Syrian rebels, most of whom are AQ and various other Wahabi radicals.

      There were once protesters brutally put down by the Assad regime, but they're gone now, replaced by latter-day Chalabis and bin Ladens.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:04:29 PM PDT

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      •  There's also a shit ton of local militias (5+ / 0-)
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        defending their villages because they're terrified of what's going to happen if the Christian or Alawite neighbors who were raided in the past get a chance to take revenge.

        This is the bulk, numerically, of the "rebel forces".  They will not deploy away from their homes.  Most of them continue to fight primarily out of fear reprisal.

        Which is not to say, of course, that those fears aren't justified and reasonable.

        "Paid Activist" is an oxymoron.

        by JesseCW on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:11:20 PM PDT

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        •  Obviously, I have not been paying attention! (2+ / 0-)
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          Why in the name of the FSM are we even entertaining the idea of getting involved in what will surely be another shitstorm of biblical proportions for people we don't even like?

          (bangs head on keyboard)

          $$$$$$$  Duh.

          Metaphors be with you.

          by koosah on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:35:20 PM PDT

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          •  Because it will be big money (5+ / 0-)

            for the military-industrial complex, including its lobbyists and, ultimately, Our Saintly Elected Officials of Both Parties.

            Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

            by corvo on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:46:36 PM PDT

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          •  Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel, Turkey (0+ / 0-)

            As long as the fighting stays inside Syria, I think the administration is mostly content to do nothing.

            The clashes across the borders and the involvement of Hezbollah are probably why there's any interest at all.

          •  Some are already couching it as a matter of (3+ / 0-)
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            "honor".   We said we'd do something if the conflict reached a certain level and now we have no choice but to intervene or people will look at us funny.

            Of course the people making such claims are full of shit, but that won't stop them from making that excuse.  

            You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

            by Johnny Q on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:00:46 PM PDT

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      •  Bingo. nt (0+ / 0-)

        I see what you did there.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 05:07:56 AM PDT

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    •  koosah, thank you, I agree. You've given me the (2+ / 0-)
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      courage to post a comment.

      As for Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, let the Russians have their way.  It will be ugly, bloody, and many more lives will be lost.  We did our best, time to move on.

      If China wants to take over North Korea, I wish them the luck of the dragon.

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