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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 ........

.....pasting,
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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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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Sorry, Karl, we would be against Obama policy on Syria no matter the name on the empty suit,
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
1 year 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?
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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"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."

This is the most salient point which overrides all others. The fact the al Qaeda or its affiliates may gain control of Asaad's WMD if he is overthrown makes the attempt to overthrow him, not noble or even incredibly stupid, but insane.
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Yes, it is an insane policy.
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"“The strikes will only serve to heighten the rage of radical Islamists,” Scales said."
That is a fundamentally flawed and ignorant statement by Scales. The "rage" is already THERE, and in their blood-lust, the forces of Islam are taunting us and mocking us into an immediate strike so as to satiate that blood-lust against Israel and the U.S.A. Now is the time for unity of purpose against Islam; and joining with Israel is necessary to get that done. France may join the effort and so will some others; albeit few. Do not underestimate Obama's capability of turning away from his political agenda, and facing the threat of Islam full-on ... Obama has declared to the entire world that he's gonna "have Israel's back" and he's already "enraged" Islam in doing so.

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You are living in a dream world if you think there is the slightest chance of any unity of purpose against Islam. You can't get that even in the Republican party, let alone the United States , let alone western democracies, let alone the world.

The prospect unity of purpose may be achieved when the mushroom clouds rise above Tel Aviv. Or we may see a strengthening of the Stockholm Syndrome which has its grip on the world.
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Iran, Hizbollah and Syria are scared right now ... they're cornered. I'm witing for Netanyahu to speak ... then watch out.
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The ultimate fate of Bashar's bug spray notwithstanding. I would take very seriously Iran's threats of a worldwide terror campaign against Americans and American interests.

Can Maverick John smilingly promise that American embassies and consulates will not be burning from Rabat to Djakarta? One, two, many Benghazis? That Americans will not be grabbed off the streets and beheaded on YouTube? That bombs will not be going off in our own cities left and right? How much of that will qualify as serious consequences?
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