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  •  One of the most interesting analyses I've (1+ / 0-)
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    seen took that position that as far as the U.S. is concerned, the only "win" is for there to be a perpetual stalemate in Syria.  That is, there are bad consequences for the U.S. if Assad prevails and bad consequences if the rebels prevail.

    As far as the chemical weapons "red line" is concerned, I agree with the following:

    No one thought that al Assad was reckless enough to use chemical weapons because they felt that his entire strategy depended on avoiding U.S. and European intervention, and that therefore he would never cross the redline. This was comforting to the Americans and Europeans because it allowed them to appear decisive while avoiding the risk of having to do anything.
    I don't know if these articles are readable without signing up, but if they are, they're worth reading:

    Obama's Bluff
    Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:36:34 PM PDT

    •  I think a perpetual stalemate (6+ / 0-)

      Is the worst possible option for the US... because it will cause ethnosectarian conflict to fester and increase in both Iraq and Lebanon. I think (and hope) that US policy should favor bringing an end to the violence as soon as possible.  The question, as always, is how?

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 03:02:25 PM PDT

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      •  The point is that there is no good answer to your (0+ / 0-)

        question:

        US policy should favor bringing an end to the violence as soon as possible.  The question, as always, is how?

        We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

        by NoMoJoe on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:58:52 AM PDT

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