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    quagmiremonkey, aliasalias be tied in some way, there is not going to be an agreement and the US will assert unilateral right to attack.  Which to the rest of the world looks like the old Iraq War ruse and consequently is an unwise foreign policy for the US to pursue.

    What I describe is unrealistic only to the extent that (1) the US wants to label the Assad regime as a pariah without convincing (to the rest of the world) evidence and (2) the extent to which the US wants to be the force that administers sanctions on Syria.

    What the US wants to pursue is realistic and practical only to the extent the US is willing to scrap the United Nations entirely and freeze the absolute power that George W. Bush asserted in his Article 2 war powers to the exclusion of Congress.  The first destroys a major peace-keeping institution as surely as the League of Nations was destroyed. The second destroys the Constitutional separation of powers in making war.  Both might be realistic and practical, but like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan they make the world more dangerous and the US government less democratic.

    I am old enough to remember when I wouldn't have to be arguing these points with Democrats.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 07:23:25 AM PDT

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