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The best way for Obama to react to Assad’s vicious chemical-weapons feint would be to show the world that he has finally decided to take the lead in pushing for a resolution to the Syrian disaster. But other countries won’t pay attention to U.S. entreaties unless the White House puts money, muscle, and weapons into the game.
Like W said, the "decider" has to make tough choices. In this case there are no good ones.
I think that no action should be taken without consulting Russia. The last thing the USA needs is another unwinnable proxy war like Vietnam, which was in simplicity a conflict between China and the USA with the Vietnamese citizens stuck in the middle. Korea is another example.
This situation is perfect for Obama and his trademark lead from behind cluelessness. Simply wait for another country to take the lead in this one and either 1 take credit if it works or 2 blame the other guy. Hey it's worked for the last 5 years
Why is it always on us (US)? Let the UN put together a "task force" and go deal with it.
God knows if Obama orders a drone strike and some nutball twenty-something idiot from the US is killed in it, the neo-cons would get their panties in a knot. Syria is a can of scorpions. Let somebody else open it. Alas, even then we'll (sigh) have to jack with it.
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