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Experts Tell House Panel Syria Strikes Could ‘Embolden the Snake to Strike Back’

“In a situation where I’ve said there’s no good outcome, that might be our best option,” Homeland Security Committee chairman says of Russia.

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September 11, 2013 - 12:01 am
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WASHNGTON – The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is concerned that terrorist groups with links to al-Qaeda could take control of Syria’s chemical weapons stock if the government of President Bashar Assad collapses.

Addressing the panel during a hearing on the Syrian crisis, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) characterized efforts to overthrow that country’s regime as “a noble mission” but warned against possible repercussions. Extremist groups that comprise at least a portion of the rebel forces seeking to overthrow Assad “will fill the vacuum” and gain control of a chemical weapons arsenal to the world’s detriment.

“Based on the briefings we have received, it is conclusive that he (Assad) used chemical weapons against his own people,” McCaul said. “But damaging the regime’s command and control posts will have the effect of helping the rebels. The Assad regime’s decades of repression have undoubtedly wrought this revolution but the moderate resistance has been infiltrated with some of the fiercest Islamist fighters in the world.”

McCaul said his main concern revolves around the security surrounding Assad’s chemical weapons and questioned whether any U.S. effort to strike against the stockpiles would have a positive impact.

“Securing these weapons will take an international coalition and will ensure that they can neither be used by Assad or the extremist elements of the rebel forces,” McCaul said.

The chairman’s comments came during a day of high-level talks about possible U.S. intervention in the Syrian conflict with President Obama offering his own appraisal during a nationally televised address. Russia, a Syrian ally, continued its initiative to avoid direct U.S. involvement in the conflict by directing the United Nations to assume control and oversight of the arsenal.

Obama is seeking congressional approval to strike at the stockpiles since Syria is thought to have violated international law by gassing its own people, reportedly killing hundreds, including women and children. Other nations, most particularly Great Britain, have opted against any aggressive action, meaning the U.S. would be acting unilaterally. Polls show the American public opposed to intervention and it appears unlikely at this time that Congress will offer its go-ahead.

McCaul expressed hope that the discussions over Syria ceding control over its chemical weapons bear fruit.

“In a situation where I’ve said there’s no good outcome, that might be our best option,” he said.

McCaul said the U.S. must take a “realistic” look at the Syrian situation and consider the “ripple effects” before becoming further involved.

“While the administration contends that we can support the rebels and differentiate between the moderate and extremist wings, the reality is that they are now working together,” he said. “Any U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will also benefit the extremists fighting him who will undoubtedly use Assad’s weapons against American allies and interests and possibly even our homeland if given the chance.”

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There's no doubt that this deplorable state of the Will of the State is due to our infection called "multicultural-ism" and supported by the cancer of "political correctness", and the tumors of "affirmative action", which together are a lethal combination.

Our problem lies squarely with the lowest common denominator types who we've elected in pursuit of those trendy "apps".

This in turn is compounded by the growing numbers of voters who're dependent upon the benefit checks legislated by this lowest common denominator.

Hence, our circular, expanding crisis which will not be turned away by the current diminishing Republican or Conservative timidity. These politicians are primarily determined on tenure and winning elections among these growing numbers of Liberals.

A drawback of Democracy?...yes, we're generally one step ahead of mob rule.

But we've survived worse. A way must be found to tap into what I've called our National Fury of January of 1942.....but nobody is interested in that because it's so "yesterday".

Simply put, we need younger testicles, and lots of them - throughout our government. . Our tragic contemporary stage-set with Hillary, Samantha, Susan Rice and this Valerie Jarrett along with ........

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One helluva mess, self sustaining?
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Yes, it is an insane policy. I have come to see the elites in the US as psychopaths that believe their own lies.
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I'm sure if President Obama was a tax-cutting, union-busting, welfare-hating, Leviticus-thumping Republican, you folks would be singing a VERY different story about his Syria policy. Sorry folks but he was elected twice, both with a larger popular margin than either of W. Bush's two elections.

Posing as anti-war activists isn't going to fool me or tens of millions of other Americans who see right wingers for the hypocrites, bullies and liars they are.
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If Obama was all those things, Karl, It would be proof of some intellectual ability, and if he had any brains, he wouldn't be busy digging deeper holes with his foreign policy (if it can be characterized by that term). So yeah, you're absolutely correct, Republicans would support any reasonably COMPETENT foreign policy, unlike Democrats who wouldn't know a competent President from the village idiot.
50 weeks ago
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Sorry, Karl, we would be against Obama policy on Syria no matter the name on the empty suit,
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"Sorry folks but he was elected twice, both with a larger popular margin than either of W. Bush's two elections."

Good lord. Elected twice...fewer than 5 percentage points...by Idiots carefully crafted by our system of public education who know nothing but shazamm, perfectly creased pants and vapid (although high sounding) verbiage when "deciding" for whom to vote.

Even Obama knows, deep down, that he's way out of his league in this job.
50 weeks ago
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Karl, you are so right. Amazing how those of your ilk can spot a fraud, while at the same time prop up a wooden cutout of a 'great leader' such as Obama and his 'talented' secretary of state. It won't work, however. There is no justifying arrogant and stupid, whether it be a would-be statesman like Kerry or an 'evangelical democracy' advocate like George W Bush. Stupid arrogance, though, like Obama embodies is a whole 'nother kind of statesman we do not need.

Tar your opponent with your faults does not make for a good argument; you end up being your own foil.
50 weeks ago
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Obama and Kerry sure showed Rand Paul; Obama's foreign policy this week skipped over libertarians and went straight to anarchy.
50 weeks ago
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as a result of the lowering of our cumulative american IQ (soaring downward thanks to our dismal "leadership"), we call everything AlQueda. i guess they all look like obama's sons. and, the reason for the violence, misery and heinous atrocities of islam committed in the name of allahshmallah, is the video on u-tube and its videomaker. what a horrible twisted time we live in.
50 weeks ago
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Al Qaeda now seems to refer to either Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Salafis.

That's ok, they're all the same anyway.
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“These same al Qaeda-affiliated forces have fought alongside Free Syrian Army brigades,” Joscelyn said. “There is no clear geographic dividing line between the most extreme fighters and other rebels. .. the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks dominates Syria’s northern sector."

More rocket science.

This was in June. How many of the "rebels" could care less about Assad and Washington DC political machinations and are just there to reclaim for Allah this territory, along with Egypt and Libya and anything else (Lebanon about to flare up again ?) ?

http://www.polgeonow.com/2013/06/syria-civil-war-map-june-2013.html

50 weeks ago
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"Extremist groups that comprise at least a portion of the rebel forces seeking to overthrow Assad “will fill the vacuum” and gain control of a chemical weapons arsenal to the world’s detriment."

Gee, rocket science.

Just like a lot of Q-Daffy's stuff reportedly fell into AQ creep hands.
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The problem with American leaders and American power is that we are not willing to strike a terrible blow to our enemies. We want to negotiate, as if one can truly negotiate with the devil. The desire to negotiate is a sign of weakness, if not of war-making materiel, then of spirit. We don't want to fight a war. We haven't wanted to fight a war with the spirit and zeal necessary for complete victory since World War II.

If we are as strong as we say we are, then why isn't the rest of the world frightened of us, fearful to take up arms against us, fearful, indeed, to do anything that might provoke our wrath? Why are there terrorist groups fully willing to take on the might of 'the greatest military power the world has ever seen'?

We lack resolve. We no have the spirit of Washington or Grant or Lee or Eisenhower or MacArthur, who believed there is no substitute in war for victory, true and profound victory. We have the spindly backbone of a Johnson or a Bush or an Obama who want the world to love us and respect us for ourselves not our power. They have no idea that love and respect are garnered through unremitting strength, not only of arms, but of the will to win as well.

The spirit of America that was is no more, I fear, and shall not return until this nation realizes that exists only in so far as its citizens and leadership will to be.
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Correction:
The spirit of America that was is no more, I fear, and shall not return until this nation realizes that it exists only in so far as its citizens and leadership will it to be.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
There's no doubt that this deplorable state of the Will of the State is due to our infection called "multicultural-ism" and supported by the cancer of "political correctness", and the tumors of "affirmative action", which together are a lethal combination.

Our problem lies squarely with the lowest common denominator types who we've elected in pursuit of those trendy "apps".

This in turn is compounded by the growing numbers of voters who're dependent upon the benefit checks legislated by this lowest common denominator.

Hence, our circular, expanding crisis which will not be turned away by the current diminishing Republican or Conservative timidity. These politicians are primarily determined on tenure and winning elections among these growing numbers of Liberals.

A drawback of Democracy?...yes, we're generally one step ahead of mob rule.

But we've survived worse. A way must be found to tap into what I've called our National Fury of January of 1942.....but nobody is interested in that because it's so "yesterday".

Simply put, we need younger testicles, and lots of them - throughout our government. . Our tragic contemporary stage-set with Hillary, Samantha, Susan Rice and this Valerie Jarrett along with ........

.....pasting,
"Obama Surrounds Himself with the Most Extreme Appointees in ...
www.westernjournalism.com › Exclusive Reports‎
He has written that unless there are “more people of color, gays and other .... Incredibly, he even believes Muslim law –Sharia law– should be applied to some ... White House Staff valerie jarrett senior advisor Obama Surrounds Himself with ..." end paste.

One helluva mess, self sustaining?
50 weeks ago
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Where do people get the idea that you can get into a fight, or start a fight, and not get bloody and hurt somewhere along the way, even if you win? What kind of insanity is that, anyway?



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Commander Zero does not appear to have a plan beyond lobbing a couple of cruise missiles at a widely dispersed Syrian military establishment. Oh, and if he should happen to hit some chemical weapons depots, won't the weapons then explode into the atmosphere with unknowable consequences? Taking control of the chemical weapons will require boots on the ground - and Commander Zero has ruled out that possibility, at least with U.S. troops.

Putin now gets to play O like a yo-yo. Should be interesting. On the other hand, Commander Zero continues to accomplish one of his long term goals - the continuing diminution of U.S. power and influence around the world, and the crushing of the morale of the U.S. military establishment.
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THE COMING OF THE US-SYRIAN WAR?

BASHAR ASSAD

THE MOST MONSTROUS MASS MURDERER

of the 21st century (and client of Islamonazi, genocidal, expansionist Iran) will probably agree to signing the chemical weapons ban treaty if and only if the US and international community agree to the following terms:

1) Forego the use of force against Syria (already proposed by Putin).

2) Lift all sanctions and embargoes on Syria.

3) Recognize Assad as the legitimate head of Syria lawfully putting down an unlawful rebellion.

4) Give Assad immunity from prosecution for war crimes and human rights violations.

In other words, in return for signing the ban on chemical weapons (and surrendering his stockpile to UN control) Assad wants to be rewarded for killing over 100,000 people; and to be able to continue the slaughter in peace until the rebellion (with Iran's help) is totally crushed and he's securely in power again.

No president of the United States could ever agree to these terms. Peace with Bashar Assad is a pipe dream. Is war coming? That depends on how serious Obama is on disarming Assad of his chemical weapons. And he seems quite serious.
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Syria is in a war. Assad is not responsible for the 100,000 deaths you attribute to him. There is the other side that is fighting Syrian government troops that are supported by the US. He is not 'slaughtering' his own people. That is nonsense. The Christians in Syria are strong supporters of Assad. They see the US backed 'rebels' raping and murdering them and also Muslims that say No to the 7th century. I can understand your thinking if you are getting your info from the US media. You need to dig a bit deeper into this issue.
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