omnibus_necanda_sunt: There's very little question here. Assad is too confident in the ability of the fog of war to conceal his hand, and Obama's earlier reticence in response to previous chemical weapon allegations has led him to overplay his hand.If we can get U.N. inspectors in there, the rest is a foregone conclusion.
Copper Spork: Unfortunately, this isn't from a reliable source. Acting on this would be even more of a mistake than believing that Iraq had WMDs.
llevrok: Don't blame me, I was on vacation (again) - Obama.
mark12A: I don't care anymore. Let the barbarians butcher each other....
HotIgneous Intruder: Derp, extra nutty flavor.
HotIgneous Intruder: I might even approve of a walking nuclear bombardment across numerous cities in that region, just to get everyone's attention.
talkertopc: MSF is not a reliable source?
vpb: omnibus_necanda_sunt: There's very little question here. Assad is too confident in the ability of the fog of war to conceal his hand, and Obama's earlier reticence in response to previous chemical weapon allegations has led him to overplay his hand.If we can get U.N. inspectors in there, the rest is a foregone conclusion.What that the UN inspectors will get to experience a chemical attack up close and personal?If Obama does do anything I hope he limits it to airstrikes or cruise missile attacks or something like that. I don't think we need to invade Syria.
HotIgneous Intruder: mark12A: I don't care anymore. Let the barbarians butcher each other....I really can't help but agree.All my life, it's been the same old crap.I might even approve of a walking nuclear bombardment across numerous cities in that region, just to get everyone's attention.
Radioactive Ass: . The view is too muddy right now to get entangled in someone else's civil war, especially when both sides are not exactly paragons of virtue.
Radioactive Ass: Assad has no reason to gas those people considering his army's position in the civil war right now
Radioactive Ass: The rebels however do have some motivation to make Assad look as bad as possible and get some outside assistance
talkertopc: Copper Spork: Unfortunately, this isn't from a reliable source. Acting on this would be even more of a mistake than believing that Iraq had WMDs.MSF is not a reliable source?
tirob: Other than that he hates their guts, of course. He has killed civilians many times over the past two years using conventional weapons.
ourbigdumbmouth: The Administration can't even decide if Eygpt had a coup.
J. Frank Parnell: tirob: Other than that he hates their guts, of course. He has killed civilians many times over the past two years using conventional weapons.So has the US. Sorry you had to find out your government hates your guts this way.There are some things in this awful day and age it's best to not throw stones about, because everyone is in glass houses. To try and hold one person up as the only evil in the world just doesn't work anymore.
tirob: Assuming that the patients seen at the three hospitals DWB supports were sickened by the same chemical agent at the same time (a justifiable assumption I think) and assuming that that chemical agent was a toxic chemical intended by whoever released it to kill people, I think it would be quite an achievement for the rebels to bring into Syria (without being detected) enough of that toxic chemical to sicken 3600 people at once (and to kill 355 of them), to train their personnel how to handle and deliver that toxic chemical without endangering themselves (so that they could get away with their cunning plan undetected), and to resist the temptation to use that same toxic chemical against the forces of the Syrian government. In short, I think the chances that the rebels did this are infinitesimal.
ontariolightning: Just what you'd want. Russia & Chinese military aggression in response. Yep. Won't happen. US can't do anything militarily.
Rhino_man: llevrok: Don't blame me, I was on vacation (again) - Obama.Nevermind that the President has taken fewer vacation days than any of the last 3 presidents. Don't let those facts stop you.
tirob: Put words in my mouth much?
Radioactive Ass: First off, AQ has shown no issue with murdering thousands of people in a very short period of time using suicide methods
Radioactive Ass: AQ is firmly embedded within the rebels
Radioactive Ass: Secondly there is no guarantee at this time that the rebels hadn't stolen or otherwise acquired some of Assad's chemical munitions which would make it much easier
Radioactive Ass: Iran hasn't had a whole lot of problems shipping weaponry to the rebels
Radioactive Ass: we should be staying out of it
Radioactive Ass: There are other major nations that are more vested in the outcome than we are by far and they should be the ones dealing with it.
cc_rider: MSF is absolutely a reliable source. Note that they are not making any claims as to what specific toxin or agent may have caused this, nor are they making any claim as to who is responsible. They are simply reporting on a mass-casualty incident from a medical point-of-view.
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