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riverdrifter 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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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75x55 11 months, 3 weeks ago

You first, Trudy!

No winners in this battle - brutal dictator, or al Qaeda/affiliates.

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ChuckFInster 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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WristTwister 11 months, 3 weeks ago

"But as evidence mounts of toxic attacks, Obama is waffling, demanding detailed proof of the attacks that is almost impossible to come by. The president clearly wants to avoid getting more involved in the Syrian maelstrom."

This President would rather let someone else make the hard decisions and then blame them if things get rough. Remember, this is the same state senator who voted "present" 129 times to avoid any controversial issues which might cause him problems politically. As in the past, Obama will kick the can down the road in the hope that events will change so he does not have to make a hard decision or he may be depending on the msm to cover for him. Past performance is a good predictor of future behavior. Lord knows this President has plenty of practice when it comes to avoidance and finger pointing.

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Agnostick 11 months, 3 weeks ago

With all due respect, Miss Rubin... we're sending you the bill for all this, right?

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Ron Holzwarth 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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.

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Paul R Getto 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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.

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