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  •  "Diplomatic offensive"?!?! (3+ / 0-)

    Pardon me, but WTF does that mean?

    Like there hasn't been endless conferences, envoys and meetings on this already?  Like there hasn't already been lots of UN resolutions calling for calm from all sides?

    What does a "diplomatic offensive" accomplish other than running more time while more civilians are killed?  WHEN has a "diplomatic offensive" ever stopped a genocide or civil way already in progress?

    I'm a mushroom. Kept in the dark and fed....you know

    by The Voice from the Cave on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:03:47 AM PDT

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    •  So just (0+ / 0-)

      go ahead and bomb?

      Isn't that what Bush did?  Promise to exhaust all diplomatic solutions and then use their go ahead to immediately "shock and awe"?

      What harm is there in trying diplomacy?  

      I'm not naive, chances are small.  

      But if the other options are to (a) "bomb the shit out of something", which will bring Russian and China into the fray and not on our side, and soon we are boots on the ground fighting an extremely well armed Syrian force, (or destroying Syrian, including scores of civilians, by air)

      (b) do nothing because it's not our job to police the world,

      why not start with diplomacy?

      If diplomacy has worked for even five minutes in I/P, why not try it here?

      We're talking "targeted" strikes in a country that just slaughtered its own people with chemical weapons.  I have little hope that a military strike won't kill a whole lot of innocent people and do little to stop Assad's regime from continuing the slaughter.

      Try something else first, for a change.

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