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Family of Assad states he is not dead. Damn it.
Honestly, it probably doesn't matter much anymore. Eventually he's going to die, and while that will be very well deserved, I doubt it'll do any practical good in terms of improving the situation.
No, it's just a zionist robot.
That sound you hear is the price of oil ticking up on fears of a wider conflict breaking out in the ME. Saudi vs Qatar? Turkey allied with Qatar, Iran allied with Syria. Russia heavily invested, and threatening direct involvement, the specter of chemical weapons possibly being used - it is like WWI without the battleships.
It appears chemicals have been used.
Senior Israeli military officials asserted Tuesday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons against the country’s civilians, saying their evidence — including photographs of victims foaming at the mouth — made them “nearly 100 percent” certain.
It was the most direct and public claim by Israel to date that Syria has resorted to chemical weapons, which would be a troubling escalation of a brutal civil war that has stretched on for more than two years. Coming less than a week after France and Britain made similar assertions to the United Nations, the remarks add to mounting international pressure on the United States — which has repeatedly said it will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons – to intervene in the Syrian conflict.
We're setting up a forward operating base in Jordan, so I imagine it won't be long before special forces are in there doing work. This is another of those areas where you may have to choose the least bad idea out of an array of bad ideas.
The article talks about delivery in very small areas, how are they getting the stuff in the air?
This has the potential to get ugly quickly, notice that Kerry is taking a very fine line with the info/intel.
1.Seal off the borders
2.Let Hizballah and AQ in Iraq kill each other
Would be nice, wouldn't it?
Yeah, if only.
All of our options for Syria are shit.
Yup. Maybe we can send in the badasses now and at least try to keep this thing contained. But if chem weapons are really in use, then this whole thing is going to end badly.
All the Syrian civilians just muttered "Goddammit" under their breath, and softly banged their head against a wall.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
Yeah, but keep in mind that the DoD estimate for the number of troops needed to seize and destroy Syrian chemical weapons stocks is, I think, ~30-40k.
We probably have at least some rapid response capabilities to prevent transfer of chemical weapons to Hizballah or seizure by AQI though, which is the larger concern.
Well yeah, I almost added "(unless you're Syrian)" to #4.
I'm not really sure how to save Syria from years of violence and chaos at this point though. I'm not very optimistic. There seems to be this bizarre sense that once Assad is gone, everything will work out, but I don't think that's true at all.
Wow. This is NOT roomy!
Peter Alexander @PeterAlexander 5m
#BREAKING Hagel just announced US has evidence chemical weapons have been used in Syria.
Will be interesting to see how Obama handles this. It's pretty clear he does not want to get involved in Syria if there is any possible way to avoid it.
i hope bigturtles friend Mr. Putin is happy now!
this is going to be one hell of a balancing act, we need to do something....but the country will not be very gung ho for much military action.
Yup. Bad options and awful options are the only options.
What are your thoughts?
IIRC when proof is found of chem/bio weapons use, certain UN provisions automatically kick in (I'll pause until you stop laughing). I seem to remember that from Desert Shield/Storm.
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