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#1 Haven't they all been armed already by us through nefarious means?
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-02-08 00:40||
#2 Yet another Clinton defining moment for Obama, ala Bosnia, where we could have stopped extra-national Iranian influence.
Its like sticky buttons in a jukebox. You put your money in and regardless of what you pick you hear the same tune over and over again.
Posted by Skidmark 2013-02-08 00:47||
#3 He [Champ] was against it before he was for it. Please call Ambassador Stevens before the committee. Also, note the lack of a timeline or chronology in the article.
Note the cautious, peace loving Obama vs the all knowing, decisive Clinton.
Notice who we're not seeing or hearing from? Has he died and no one announced it? Paging General Pretreaus. General David Petreaus.
This story gets a cow pie insulation value of R5
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-08 01:28||
#4 I'm still not sure why we had to get involved at all. As bad as Assad is I haven't seen any signs that the "rebels" are any better and may be worse depending on the amount of Salafist content. After Libya - Mali, after Syria - ?????
Posted by AlanC 2013-02-08 07:49||
#5 the 'arm a moderate faction' would probably have been a very modest effort even if it would have been tried
- it would be difficult to verify the faction was moderate
- once they got heavy weapons, the faction might have splintered or individuals defected to unmoderate factions
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-08 07:59||
#6 Had it been done early enough, while factions were still recognizable and the Islamists weren't dominant, it would have had some moderate success.
As it was, the request came during the election cycle; Champ would never have approved it.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-08 09:46||
#7 As it was, the request came during the election cycle; Champ would never have approved it. Posted by: Pappy
Ditto! Add to the "election cycle" dynamics, the Benghazi cluster. From yesterday's Panetta testimony, one might surmise the Champ was purposefully distanced from the disaster [and bad news].
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-08 09:54||
#8 Champ was gone after about 5:00 p.m. Went to some fund-raiser in Vegas. I heard he was unavailable for some period of time when the sh!t storm hit. Reads like a Dilbert cartoon but not very funny.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-02-08 14:38||
#9 He was Present! But having iced Tea with Algore in the family quarters.
Posted by Shipman 2013-02-08 16:33||