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  •  The document should be asking what the "LEAST bad" (3+ / 0-)
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    options in Syria are. The authors are not exactly lightweights, but they write like interns.

    Their "Memorandum" ranges from the obvious to the dubious.

    "Tens of thousands" of fighters have been sent to Iran for training? Really? The number commonly published is 4000, with no mention of the time-span. One outlier claims that 80,000 military personnel have been trained in street fighting tactics by Hezbollah. Could be... but these are most likely former regular army troops now serving in pro-government paramilitary gangs. And I would bet that the "training" consisted of a one-day workshop in house-to-house combat, from a Hezbollah tough. These "militias" are mostly interested in looting neighborhoods they can push the rebels from. They'll melt away at the first touch of opposition.

    Russia started providing air-defense weapons to Syria way before 2007. But decade after decade, Syria consistently fails to shoot down Israeli jets with these weapons. So what happened in 2007? Modernization? Syria's air defense is more formidable that Libya's, because they have tangled with the Israelis. But they haven't had the cash to buy Russia's best, and their AA missiles are still described as old and poorly maintained.

    Nobody has proposed putting US troops on the ground or securing the chemical weapons. Intervention in Syria has only one feasible objective: To force Damascus to agree to a cease-fire and peace talks.

    The conflict is in stalemate. It won't take much to degrade the army's mobility and communications. That might be all it takes to persuade the leadership that they're not going to win. They'll gain more from peace talks while they still have the capacity to defend themselves.

    President Obama kept his pledge to limit involvement in Libya. He kept US forces out of the recent clashes in Mali.

    Why, why, why do people just assume that he's going to go full Bush/Cheney in this situation?

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 05:45:50 PM PDT

    •  People are making that assumption (0+ / 0-)

      Because of his heated rhetoric and his preoccupation with the issue.

      "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 06:09:04 PM PDT

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