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Tue Sep 3, 2013, 12:28 PM

US Rep Alan Grayson via Big Ed radio..."at a minimum, a Billion dollars"

Who thinks there won't be retaliation?

What happens the day after the strike?

No one who advocates striking Syria can predict the outcome.

The law of unintended consequences at play.

What moral authority - the USA is broke, we owe every country...



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Reply US Rep Alan Grayson via Big Ed radio..."at a minimum, a Billion dollars" (Original post)
Ninga Sep 2013 OP
gordianot Sep 2013 #1
Donald Ian Rankin Sep 2013 #2
Ninga Sep 2013 #3
Turbineguy Sep 2013 #4
Ninga Sep 2013 #5

Response to Ninga (Original post)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 12:36 PM

1. There goes that bias toward rational thought, again.

I do hope this is brought up when there is a Congressional debate but doubt anyone will listen. After all Alan is a "liberal" and everything has to be political.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 12:43 PM

2. All that works in reverse.

Yes, it's quite true that attacking Syria may have unintended negative consequences.

But it's also entirely possible that a) weakening the military power of a repressive dictatorship in a volatile region will have unforseen positive knock-on effects, and b) that not intervening while Syria remains a war zone will have unforseen negative effects.

Remember, the choice in Syria is *not* between peace and war, it's between war without US and involvement and war with US involvement. And it's not obvious which the least worst option is.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 01:00 PM

3. Yes but, I put a high percentage on Assad retaliating. We have bases within arms reach of Syria.

The ripple affect is unknown and looms large.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 01:35 PM

4. Do something about the refugees

go to the Banks where Assad has his money (reputedly $1.5 Billion), impound it to help with the refugees. There are lots of alternatives I'm sure.

Yes, we should do something for sure.

Stop coddling the assholes and punishing the ordinary people.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 01:59 PM

5. Grayson said as much. Also he said humanitarian aid via Turkey where refugees are fleeing. Yes, we

can and should so SOMETHING other than bombing. I am in agreement.

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