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  •  Well, actually, I'm expecting a much more limited (1+ / 0-)
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    wu ming

    action, a laser-strike at the responsible parties. I think right now we're getting a lot of noise - there is no credible threat of an attack on Syria until the UN leaves, but according to the media, the bombing will start on Thursday.

    I generally agree on the strategic endgame that you're proposing, but I don't think that this potential action is intended to accomplish that. I think it's designed to show US/NATO capabilities/willingness, and force the local players to start getting involved in negotiating solutions.

    Obama has committed to being a rational negotiator, which undermines the standard US tactic of being a powerful madman. But that tactic was profoundly flawed and led to irresponsible atrocities like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, imho.

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