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He added that he doesn’t believe the White House will want to risk pilots’ lives with flights over Syria, so “that really limits our options to cruise strikes and think that’s probably where the White House is going to go.”

“I think there’s little danger that targeted cruise strikes are going to so destabilize the Assad regime that it would fall quickly, that would probably be too much to expect of that kind of strike. The bigger risk is actually that the strike won’t be significant enough to deter him. But I think it would. I think it could be very punishing. You wouldn’t go after the stockpiles, themselves, which only could disperse the chemical weapons, but rather go after his missile stock, go after some of his aircraft, go after his ability to deliver these weapons in the future,” Schiff said.

“…We can’t wait on the United Nations to act. The Russians will never allow that to take place, their national security interests are very different than ours. They will seek to make murky who was responsible for this. But I think we do have to act in concert with others and I think we can.”

U.N. weapons inspectors came under sniper fire today as they drove to the site. The Syrian National Coalition, Assad’s main opposition, said it would keep U.N. personnel safe during their inspection of the rebel stronghold where more than 1,300 were killed Wednesday.

An initial investigation by Human Rights Watch found “witnesses in Eastern and Western Ghouta, outside Damascus, described symptoms and delivery methods consistent with the use of chemical nerve agents during attacks by government forces on August 21, 2013.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"heads are long overdue to roll and the tyrants have it coming. Enough is enough."

That's my feeling about the Obama regime. Congress should tell Obama to sit down, and shut up! Congress, and ONLY Congress, has the Constitutional right to declare war.
48 weeks ago
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Obama Inc has ZERO credibility, as well as MAXIMUM culpability in the ensuing Mid East fires, and the upcoming conflagration too. How so? For it is not as if inter-tribal Islamic warfare is anything new. In fact, it is centuries old.

However, things are not as they seem, at least on the geo-political front - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/26/benghazi-jihadis-the-connection-to-u-s-military-trainers-syrias-chemical-warfare-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

We, in Israel, are battening down the hatches, and have Barack HUSSEIN Obama to thank for it - the Pyromaniac-in-Chief!

Adina Kutnicki , Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
48 weeks ago
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Since Assad was already in control of Syria when Obama took office, it's obviously Bush's fault.

I was watching FOX last night and some talking head was saying there are several rebel groups fighting Assad and Obama should help out the good one. My thought was, after Assad is gone, the "several groups" will start fighting each other and the muslim brotherhood aka Al Qaeda, will come out on top, since they have all the funding. Let them kill each other without expending U.S. treasure and lives. We will ge the blame if we act and we will get he blame if we don't act. Side with Russia this time and stay out of it. We have no strategic interest in Syria.
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Obama has to do something because his poll numbers have crashed and with the unpopularity of Obamacare, his popularity is not going to rise.
He will launch air strikes on Assad's forces. He needs the diversion from his administration's numerous scandals and Obamacare before the mid-term elections. It's the "look squirrel" strategy and his sycophants in the media will play along.
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Yes sir. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste!
48 weeks ago
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"heads are long overdue to roll and the tyrants have it coming. Enough is enough."

That's my feeling about the Obama regime. Congress should tell Obama to sit down, and shut up! Congress, and ONLY Congress, has the Constitutional right to declare war.
48 weeks ago
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has already called his bluff. It was the diplomatic equivalent of a nuke.

Over the last few weeks, the diplomatic back and forth between Russia, China and the US over this has been spinning out of control.

If I were a certain group of scientists, the Doomsday Clock would now be set to one minute to midnight.
48 weeks ago
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http://nyyrc.com/blog/2013/08/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-syria/

The conflict in Syria has four distinct strands:

1. Secularism (strongmen like Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Assad) vs. Sharia (Muslim Brotherhood)
2. Christianity vs. Islam (on a superficial level, anyway)
3. Russian Organized Crime (PKK) & North Korea vs. Qatari Organized Crime (al Qaeda)
4. U.S.A. vs. Russia (in an apparent continuation of the Cold War, with our new ally being the Muslim Brotherhood [??])

Bonus-
5. Throw in Obama vs. Putin (Alex Dugin) in the struggle for LGBT equality, and you have a decent picture of the world today.

Finally, consider the anecdote that Hezbollah and Israel are actually on the same side – supporting Assad – and we’re against them both. Israel, it seems, has defected to Russia. Could this get any stranger?
48 weeks ago
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Russia has gone flat tax, small government, condemns sodomy, promotes babies and families, stays out of stupid wars, etc.

Looks like Reagan came back as Putin! May be the conversion of Russia is already afoot!
48 weeks ago
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That famous "Red Line" has already been breached, in May this year:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10039672/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-of-chemical-weapons-use.html
UN commissar Carla del Ponte found that the rebels had been using poison gas.
Well, that was a bit inconvenient for Obama, wasn't it, given that he's been supporting the rebels - so no military intervention necessary.
Free after Orwell: some chemical weapons are bad, but some are 'badder' thatn others ...
48 weeks ago
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Schiff reads like a New Age mouth piece. We don't need Congress, do things in concert with our regional friends. WTF over?

Schiff needs to be tried for Treason. Did Schiff get a load of cash for reelection for running his suck for the NATO agenda?
48 weeks ago
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People don't realize what a problem Obama has with Syria. He's not one to make decisions in general, but typically he can make a decision when there is a conflict pitting a pro-American group against an anti-American group (of course he backs the latter). In Syria, both sides hate our guts, yet Obama can't support both of them! What a dilemma!
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Boy, americans both those who slavishly worship the Obama and neo con republicans sure love to go to war and will find a casus belli anywhere they want to. Maimed bodies and boy bags are part and participle of American governance.
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I wish I could give you a thumbs down.

I do not want our troops in the middle east for any one of those people. Let the arabs kill each other. Seems like a win-win to me.
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"Maimed bodies and boy bags are part and participle of American governance."

That's Obama's twisted world view, and is the reason US foreign policy is so screwed up right now.
48 weeks ago
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Public school education, eh?
48 weeks ago
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Obama Inc has ZERO credibility, as well as MAXIMUM culpability in the ensuing Mid East fires, and the upcoming conflagration too. How so? For it is not as if inter-tribal Islamic warfare is anything new. In fact, it is centuries old.

However, things are not as they seem, at least on the geo-political front - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/26/benghazi-jihadis-the-connection-to-u-s-military-trainers-syrias-chemical-warfare-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

We, in Israel, are battening down the hatches, and have Barack HUSSEIN Obama to thank for it - the Pyromaniac-in-Chief!

Adina Kutnicki , Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
48 weeks ago
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Schiff is wrong. After five years of Obama's lying, obfuscation, and misdirection, the White House, and the Obama regime, have no credibility. Not with the American people, and not with the world.
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