You might as well try to teach a snake to juggle as hope the Obama administration will think strategically. The “peace president” is about to embark on his third military adventure, this time in Syria, without having learned the lessons of his botched efforts in Afghanistan and Libya. He hasn’t even learned from the Bush administration’s mistakes — which he mocked with such delight. Before launching a single cruise missile toward Syria, Team Obama needs to be sure it has a good answer to the question, “What comes next?” If Obama does a Clinton and churns up some sand with do-nothing cruise-missile
FTA: "And the one thing every member of that bomb-Syria-now coalition has in common? Not one will have to fight"
Maybe I am becoming a dove in my golden years, but that sentence really spoke to me. I just have no confidence in our government to do the right thing anymore. We are embroiled in these never ending wars to what end? The Muslims are as committed as ever and until we decide to defeat them, (WWII defeat them), it´s wack-a-mole on steroids.
With expenditure cut backs in the military we just can´t afford to go to war. VA workers are getting bonuses while wounded veterans sit in waiting rooms for months or maybe years just to visit a doctor about a lost limb. We really need this at this time. Hell they might even get to use up the rest of the C-rations left over from the Korean War because ammo and food are scarce. Muslims killing muslims is good that´s less that will attack Israel in the end.
"And we have elements in the defense industry who long for a return to our free-spending years in Iraq and Afghanistan and view a war in Syria as a great way to beat the sequester." As I´ve said here many times, beware the military industrial complex. Iraq and Afghanistan were noble endeavors but they weren´t fought with overwhelming force so we could get in and out. They were protracted for years and years. Why?
This is so complicated, but Im starting to get a clearer picture, thanks to people like Peters. We made mistakes in the previous intervention, and doing nothing does not mean weakness for our military prowness. Let´s not get sucked into this and choose sides when we don´t have a clear choice of the good guys. There aren´t any!
Use some of Obama´s former text against him. Tell him it´s just a bump in the road, we don´t believe his spin on things and the answer is an absolute NO! Why wasn´t he concerned about Iranian citizens during the Green Revolution? Graham and McCain will lead the Syrian charge, ha ha.
After the Muslim Brotherhood tipped their bloody, islamofascist hand in Egypt and were removed from power, their support all over the middle east began to evaporate. For the Brotherhood, taking Syria changed overnight from “strategic” to “existential.” Syria is now a “must have” for the Brotherhood. So, of course, time to let the Tomahawks fly.
Now that we all know how extensively we were lied to about Benghazi, why are we so willing to accept the Syria set-up at face value? With the Obama administration’s shockingly cozy relationship with the Brotherhood and by extension their direct action wing, al Qaeda, I don’t believe anything any of them say. Oh, and by the way, with Huma gone, who is now the Brotherhood’s insider at State?
They don´t need her any more #10. They have that guy (whose name escapes me) who was recently confirmed as Obama´s chief national security advisor. And possibly even Hagel. Then there is ValJar, Rice and Powers.
Reading this article made me think. The US and not fought a war since WWII with the end result is to secure complete victory over the enemy. Korea? It´s still a state of war. Vietnam? Not there either. Iraq? Nope. Afghanistan? Still there. Libya? Who knows. Now does Obozo think that he can rush in and settle a civil war that has both sides that hate America and all will be peace and love? If you do, I have a lot of beach front property for sale just outside of Yuma.
Do you trust a word out of Obama´s mouth?? NO. No one in this country that reads cursive does...
Obama purposely destabilised the Middle East. He purposely turned Egypt over to Morsi and the murderous Muslim Brotherhood. Christraians were crucified and murdered by wanton Muslims in Egypt..they still are.
Obama purposely turned Libya and Quaddaffi,s weapons stash over to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Benghazi is where WMB and stinger missiles were being transferred into the hands of AlQuaeda, of the Muslim Brotherhood..purposely.
AlQaeda in Syria is exactly who the rebels are. Assad is not murdering the Christians in Syria...AlQaeda and the IslamoFacists of the Muslim Brotherhood ARE..
The rebel forces, AlQaeda, in Syria were firing upon the UN inspectors...They do not want them to understand it was not Assad but rather AlQaeda...using chemical weapons...they want the USA to enter WWIII on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.
No more American blood and trader shed on behalf of Obama´s Muslim Brotherhood. NONE. Hear that Huma..
Obama is a Sunni Marxist...if we are to gage his affections and weapons transfers. Marxists want to destroy the USA and her military. Stop this madness....only a mad, insane people would follow Obama into battle...much less a bathroom. He is a two bit shill for America´s enemies. Will you offer Americas blood up on his behalf. Not only NO...but HELL NO.
Stand up America...Speak out....WE THE PEOPLE is in capital letters for a reason...Be heard...Write and call the traitor clas...Tell them to stand down..and slow down. NOW. Leading from Behind... is getting us poked in the rear end
The Islamists are in a perpetual battle with someone - it´s what hey do. Currently, it´s the Sunni´s and Shiite´s at one another´s throats, rather than at our throats. That´s a humanitarian mess, as war always is, but if it´s going to be war, let it be someone else´s, not ours. If that´s callous, so be it.
The biggest laugh I´ve had this week is when I read that France was going to punish Syria for the gas attack.
´Pierre who will help us against the dirty Syrians. I hear they have gassed somebody´. ´Yes Baptiste, you are right.. Obama said he was going give them a good wacking, from the hidden White House, underneath the 6th green in Augusta´
´He is going to club them to death with a nine iron´
´No he is waiting there to see how the Russians and Chinese react to his big bluff. He has sent two drones, two tug boats, a WW2 submarine and two cops from Chicago´
´What have the Russians and Chinese sent to oppose that mighty force´
Sixty divisions, Eight aircraft carriers, ´Six nuke submarines, Five hundred jets and Pig firing canons´
´You know Pierre, I just remembered I have to go to a soccer game for the next couple of days´
´Me too Batiste, I also have to do the laundry. They don´t really know who gassed who do they´
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