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August 28, 2013 - 9:53 am

And, I couldn’t even write that headline without LOLing. How will the mullahs and Assad react?

Some experts said U.S. warships and submarines in the eastern Mediterranean could fire cruise missiles at Syrian targets as early as Thursday night, beginning a campaign that could last two or three nights. Obama leaves next Tuesday for a four day trip to Sweden and Russia, which strongly supports Assad’s government, for the G-20 economic summit.

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

So this is the standard for demonstrations of US military might now? Throw a few million-dollar missiles around and hope that our enemies don’t openly mock us?

Newsflash: If Assad survives the strikes, and he will because he isn’t even a target, then he will stand on some rubble somewhere and declare that he has “defeated the United States.” That constitutes mocking.

There are often cases where limited strikes can and do work. Syria doesn’t strike me as such a case. When it comes to a conflict like this, a civil war in which both sides are our enemies, you should either go in strong enough to destroy one side and dictate the terms to the other, or shouldn’t go in at all.

h/t Ace of Spades

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I thought the plan was to insist that gun control and immigration reform should be Assad's top priorities. Or else...Assad can expect an IRS audit.
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Yeah...he is going bombard Assad with sternly worded notes about human rights and compassion.

The Mission will be nicknamed Schlock and Jaw.
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"...the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked”

So, basically, we're now running our foreign policy on the premise of high school popularity politics. We're putting our nation's blood and treasure on the line (and, yes, any time there's a military conflict, your blood and treasure are on the line) because we "don't want to get dissed by that loser". I wish to God that someone would tell me it's all just a big joke. But, sadly, it's looking increasingly clear that the joke is on us.
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It's beyond stupid to telegraph your punches, but to announce it in advance? My God, this idiot Obama, doesn't have the brains God gave a mushroom! Why not let Assad, the Iranians, and Russians into the Command Center so they can pick the targets?
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I remember when shooting in anger at another sovreign nation was pretty serious business. Tuffy the Rodeo Clown is more serious than this crowd. They certainly need to be mocked.
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Guaranteeing that it will be mocked then. And Assad will have pictures of dead children and babies to show the world.
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Lord have mercy, I wish I could LOL with you but I am too afraid this gaggle of amateur buffoons is clown walking us to the edge of global war here without the slightest notion of what the heck they are doing.
47 weeks ago
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Yeah...he is going bombard Assad with sternly worded notes about human rights and compassion.

The Mission will be nicknamed Schlock and Jaw.
47 weeks ago
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I thought the plan was to insist that gun control and immigration reform should be Assad's top priorities. Or else...Assad can expect an IRS audit.
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