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  •  I'm trying to follow Obama's logic here... (6+ / 0-)

    Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that (somewhere) there is definitive proof that Assad launched the chemical weapons attack.

    It's a done deal. He used chemical weapons.

    Now let's look at Obama's statement regarding further use of chemical weapons by Assad:

    The president also addressed one of the biggest questions opponents of the attack have: What would happen if the U.S. attacked Syria, but Assad nonetheless used chemical weapons again. "Is it possible that Assad doubles down in the face of our action and uses chemical weapons more widely? I suppose anything is possible. But it wouldn't be wise. I suppose at that point it would be easier to mobilize the international community, not harder. [...] And we would gladly join an international coalition to make sure that it stops."
    Okay, so if Assad dared to use chemical weapons again, Obama believes the international community would rise as one and squash him.

    At the same time, the claim from the administration is that a "limited strike" is called for to dissuade Assad and any other rogue nations from using chemical weapons and to punish Assad for using them in the first place. Obama entertains the notion that Assad could "double-down" with another attack. But if it's clear that the international community will squash Assad should he launch any other attacks, doesn't that undermine the need for a punitive strike now?

    The chemical weapons attack cannot be undone. If Obama is confident that the world holds an axe over Assad's head, why bomb now? Strictly for punishment sake?

    Obama is more or less admitting that a punitive strike now may or may not stop Assad from "doubling down," but the bigger threat of an international coalition aligned against him likely would keep Assad from launching another strike.

    Kind of defeats the purpose of a punitive attack now, doesn't it?

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:43:53 AM PDT

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