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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 05:57 PM

Obama’s Guns of August - From Slate


A good read, and worth the click.

"It seems likely that President Obama will bomb Syria sometime in the coming weeks.

His top civilian and military advisers are meeting in the White House on Saturday to discuss options. American warships are heading toward the area; those already there, at least one of which had been scheduled for a port call, are standing by. Most telling perhaps is a story in the New York Times, noting that Obama’s national-security aides are studying the 1999 air war in Kosovo as a possible blueprint for action in Syria.

In that conflict 14 years ago, ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, an autonomous province of Serbia, were being massacred by Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. President Bill Clinton, after much reluctance, decided to intervene, but couldn’t get authorization from the U.N. Security Council, where Russia—Serbia’s main ally—was certain to veto any resolution on the use of force. So Clinton turned to NATO, an appropriate instrument to deal with a crisis in the middle of Europe."

Much more at the link.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:08 PM

1. Fred Kaplan WISHES.

He wants US treasure to be spend supporting terrorism in Syria, but there are no indications that Obama is seriously considering such a move, which would of course destroy his presidency.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:11 PM

2. I'm not sure about that. Action or inaction could fuck his shit up.

A big fucking mess no matter what we do.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:20 PM

3. Not intervening is best for Obama politically. No doubt.

In fact, doing everything possible to force the opposition to the table with Assad would be a winning situation. It would defuse the insurgency by taking the wind out of its sails, and make it more likely for Russia and Iran to agree to a solution as well. There is zero popular demand for the US to "own" the Syria conflict. But once the US touches it, it owns it for all history.

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