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  •  this article is highly flawed from the outset... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the article says that the president's plan lacks a "logical premise and well-designed goal." How can that be when the president himself has said he has not yet made a final decision on what he plans to do.

    How can a plan be flawed when it is not yet a plan?

    This might make sense if the assumptions about what the administration plans to do were accurate. We don't know that yet, however.

    There seems to be a lot of hysteria over Syria. Concern is warranted. But faulting the president for a plan that he has not yet even decided upon seems a little...well...lets just call it premature to be polite.

    •  what's flawed is to call for war (0+ / 0-)

      without a plan first.  it puts the cart before the horse.  i don't know about you, but when i tackle a serious problem i first analyze the situation, then consider and bat around options, and last decide what to do.  deciding what to do without considering all options seems outright foolish to me -- but  that's what happened in iraq.  "must go to war because: WMD".  there wasn't even an exit strategy.  and look what it got us.

      so now we get "must go to war because: chemical weapons" complete with massaging the body count and parading dead children, but without plan.  heck, we don't even have a goal -- exactly what does obama want to accomplish?  stop assad from further using chemical weapons?  scare the shit out of him?  pave the way for rebel factions to overthrow the syrian government?  do it ourselves? the lack of firm goal posts sounds eerily similar to iraq.  and just as foolish.  i have no doubt that this was discussed within the obama circle, but i get the feeling (from what has been said) that the discussion wasn't about the actual waging of a war, but about its political expediency.

      i hate being manipulated for obama's political expediency just as much as i hated it when bush did.  (ok, maybe i hate it even more, because it's more disappointing when "my" guy does it).

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