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There Ain’t No Good Guys

September 5th, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI):

In regards to bombing the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, this passage [from George Washington] is more pertinent: “We may choose peace or War, as our interest guided by justice shall Counsel.”

What has been happening in Syria is truly a human tragedy. The nation has been torn apart by civil war. Tens of thousands have either lost their lives or been driven from their homes. It is without a doubt that Assad is not a friend of ours.

However, it has also been made clear that those who oppose him have direct ties to al-Qaeda. Whoever wins this war will not be affectionate toward the United States.

It might be profitable also to fully critique the President’s reasoning, only he hasn’t articulated any.

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Obama is looking to back out of his Red Line threat. Yesterday he said, 'it's not my credibility on the line. It's the rest of the world and America.'

If I were in congress voting on giving him authority to bomb, I'd vote "present". Then Ø can own it, no matter which way it goes.

Not to mention, Russia claims 100 pages of evidence that the gassing was by AQ.
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There ain't no good guys in Syria, ain't no guys with spine in the Republican Party.

As small as Obama is, he looms over the dwarfish Republicans.
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The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy.
In Syria this applies to BOTH sides.
So let 'em both stew in their own juices. We'll deal with whatever comes next.
It may be better. It may be worse. But it's almost guaranteed to be simpler.
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Since we haven't done anything in the last 40 months to prepare for this, like serious talks with Turks, Russians, Saudis, etc. We should be doing nothing.

It's a sad state of affairs. And really, the Saudis and Turks could use their forces to punish Assad. They have American gear, after all, and are within striking distance of the hot spots.

But they won't. I suspect it's because we've been proven an unreliable, feckless ally and in that light I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of Russia and China.
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It's worth reading a little Michael Totten to get a sense of the players on ground here. Most specifically the alawites, of which Assad is one.

They've stayed in power by sheer ruthlessness, and a perception that while Assad is a bastard, he keeps them more or less safe. From what who knows?

Assad and his people are in an existential battle here. There is no retire into the sunset for them. They lose, there will be more slaughter. Or should I say "ethnic cleansing?"

There is no end of this story that is not slaughter.

We're reaping the crop of four years of feckless inattention and inaction. He let it get this far.
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There ain't no good guys in Syria, just bad guys and worse guys.
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there ain't no smart guys in the obama white house. just dumb guys and dumber guys
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