Obama Screws Pooch on Syria Policy

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  1. G8trGr8t
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    people refuse to acknowledge the only reason AQ is there is because we are not. any influence that AQ has in Syria is a direct result of leading from behind while Syrians were being slaughtered or run out of their country. Staying out will only help to strengthen the AQ influence.
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    And you know this how?
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    The OP should read: Obama is the pooch on Syrian Policy.
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    Interviews with rebels who have and have not agreed to work with AQ and the simple fact that AQ had little to no presence there to begin with
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    Why isn't the rest of the world frightened into war by AQ?
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    I still don't see how you know our presence would have precluded AQ from going in anyway. The last thing we need is boots on the ground in another Mideastern country. It hasn't accomplished squat up this point and there is no reason to believe it will do anything but cause more problems in the future.
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    What makes you think we would need boots on the ground anyway? We largely used air strikes to knock out much of the heavy equipment used by Libya's military, and Libyans did the rest of the work. Which is the way it should be. If Libyans didn't fight for and bleed for their own freedom, they wouldn't appreciate it (which was part of the problem with Iraq). They would squabble amongst themselves for power and control of the oil. Instead, their battles brought them together as a nation (with the exception of the terrorists that attacked in Benghazi). With some additional effort, we could do (or could have done) the same thing with Syria. Syrians don't expect us to go in and hand them their freedom. They started their uprising with the assumption that we would do the same for them as we did for Libya.
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    It would have been greedy of us to assist in Libya's revolution to keep oil flowing to the international markets (and keep the price down for Americans) and then ignore the Syrians who have the misfortune to not have a huge supply of oil. At the very least we are clearly inconsistent. And when the world's biggest superpower is inconsistent, it sends out a lot of mixed messages all over the world.
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    The world does share the concern with the U.S., but is reluctant to send in troops or even support for air strikes. Especially after Iraq and Afghanistan. Troops from other countries were subordinated to U.S. command, and not always led very well due to Rumsfeld's poor planning. There was a perception that some of their troops were put in harm's way due to poor American leadership.

    Besides, they know that this type of mission is done best by the Americans. We have the technology, the firepower, and the skill set to handle massive air strikes (which we also demonstrated in Iraq). The rest of the world has done a good job in supporting U.N. troop needs in hot spots all over the world. When it comes to heavy military operations, most other countries are at a level well below ours, and their efforts would be primarily symbolic. In other words, they would get in the way more than anything.
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    Well I was against both interventions but at least we didn't go it alone in Libya.
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    Obama is an animal abuser, he either screws the pooch or eats the poodle.
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    I don't think we need boots on the ground. In fact I don't think we need to do anything militarily. My response was based on what was posted about American presence or influence or whatever it is being called.
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    War, war, and more war. That is all some seem to clamor for in this country. If we are not using our military on an ongoing basis it seems we are not following our destiny.

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