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(Gawker)   US intel agents intercepted phone calls FALSE FLAG from the Syrian Ministry of Defense FALSE FLAG asking their chemical weapons unit who in the fark told them FALSE FLAG to launch a chemical attack on a suburb full of civilians   ( gawker.com) divider line
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2013-08-28 03:22:14 AM  
I have yet to read an article that tells us how the neighborhood that was attacked was of such strategic importance to Assad that it warranted a chemical gas attack that would assure an ass-kicking by the US and our allies.
 
2013-08-28 03:29:14 AM  
I'm not understanding this whole mess.
 
2013-08-28 03:48:34 AM  
Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.
 
2013-08-28 03:55:14 AM  

violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.


No such things as "False Flags"?  Or just that this wasnt a false flag?

Not Subby, but the headline isnt silly -it's a reasonable scrutiny atm.
 
2013-08-28 04:08:37 AM  

Frederick: violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.

No such things as "False Flags"?  Or just that this wasnt a false flag?

Not Subby, but the headline isnt silly -it's a reasonable scrutiny atm.


It looks to me and most everyone else that chemical weapons were used. I assume by the Assad regime, but I wouldn't put it past the rebels... they have some real shiat heads in their ranks. But to assume a leak of "yeah hey we picked this phone call up" as a greater false flag operation is stupid. We have at least one spy agency spying on our calls domestically, to assume we aren't actively snooping around and intercepting calls in the war-torn Middle East is pretty silly. To call it a false flag is a total diversion meant to take focus away from the true belligerents in this civil war.
 
2013-08-28 04:11:43 AM  
It's amazing how we all still, collectively, have not forgotten the lies that led to and the damage caused by the previous wars. People say the public are fickle and forget everything when X-Factor comes on but I'm seeing very little support for the war, and lots of questioning official versions.

For the record I believe chemical weapons have been used against rebels, and we should still stay out, because whichever side we help will be brutal towards their own people. Also politicians are useless and will botch the whole thing because of election cycles.

I was very much for intervention at the beginning, before I knew anything about the rebels, but I always was impulsive, I'm glad the governments are not, even if at the end of this 2 year period they're still making the wrong decision, you can hardly accuse them of rushing into it.
 
2013-08-28 04:22:54 AM  

violentsalvation: Frederick: violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.

No such things as "False Flags"?  Or just that this wasnt a false flag?

Not Subby, but the headline isnt silly -it's a reasonable scrutiny atm.

It looks to me and most everyone else that chemical weapons were used. I assume by the Assad regime, but I wouldn't put it past the rebels... they have some real shiat heads in their ranks. But to assume a leak of "yeah hey we picked this phone call up" as a greater false flag operation is stupid. We have at least one spy agency spying on our calls domestically, to assume we aren't actively snooping around and intercepting calls in the war-torn Middle East is pretty silly. To call it a false flag is a total diversion meant to take focus away from the true belligerents in this civil war.


I may be wrong but my interpretation of the headline and the half-assed charge is that chemical weapons were indeed used but maybe not by those who it is claimed.

Me, personally, I dont even know who the belligerents are in this conflict, but I do know a lot of resources are invested in espionage by the US and other countries, therefore I think it wise to consider the possibility of false flag operations in every situation.

Since I dont know a lot about this situation I'd first ask "what was gained by a chemical attack?"
 
2013-08-28 04:33:44 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: I have yet to read an article that tells us how the neighborhood that was attacked was of such strategic importance to Assad that it warranted a chemical gas attack that would assure an ass-kicking by the US and our allies.


Frederick: Since I dont know a lot about this situation I'd first ask "what was gained by a chemical attack?"


It's a reasonable question, and all I can surmise is that if the Assad regime did use chemical weapons they might have thought either that in the west we're all bluster with no appetite for war, or have been assured by Russia that they can do what they want and they will keep the west at bay.

It does seem suicidal to use chemical weapons which would most likely invoke the wrath of the west, perhaps they're just not smart? Or thought they could keep it secret?

I don't think the west wants to go to war, I think we have no stomach for it, so I don't see them manufacturing a casus belli. Although writing that made me consider the possibility that because we have no appetite for a war is precisely why they'd need to manufacture such an event, to get the people riled up and in support of the war.

I still lean toward it being genuine, it's not like the Iraq war claim of 45 minutes, and tenuous stories about yellowcake, and GWB making the claim that Iraq sponsors tourism.
 
2013-08-28 05:01:26 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: I have yet to read an article that tells us how the neighborhood that was attacked was of such strategic importance to Assad that it warranted a chemical gas attack that would assure an ass-kicking by the US and our allies.


assure?

He's had free reign to do what ever he wants to. why would he think that would change now?
 
2013-08-28 05:02:10 AM  
someone posted this yesterday or the day before. I found it pretty enlightening.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/syria-behind-the-lines/
 
2013-08-28 05:07:50 AM  

log_jammin: someone posted this yesterday or the day before. I found it pretty enlightening.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/syria-behind-the-lines/


I am a fan of Frontline, but alas, I cannot watch videos at work.  I'll try to remember to watch it at home.  Thanks.
 
2013-08-28 05:15:32 AM  
Well, good, somebody found the fig leaf to cover America's exit from the pending invasion. And no, subby, the "US Intelligence agents" would never lie to us. We're Americans.
 
2013-08-28 05:18:26 AM  

This About That: pending invasion


never happen.
 
2013-08-28 05:20:18 AM  
As an American expat working in Israel, I do not want to see a US  strike.  I'm prepaired to be disappointed.

 .
 
2013-08-28 05:36:36 AM  

log_jammin: This About That: pending invasion

never happen.


Let's hope not. The stock market thinks otherwise.
 
2013-08-28 05:38:21 AM  

bayoubruce: As an American expat working in Israel, I do not want to see a US  strike.  I'm prepaired to be disappointed.


Are you familiar enough with your colleagues to get a consensus on their feelings regarding a US strike?  I'm curious....
 
2013-08-28 05:47:00 AM  
My National friends say "kill them all".    I didn't press for an intelligent answer.
 
2013-08-28 05:49:56 AM  

This About That: Let's hope not. The stock market thinks otherwise.


The stock market thinks current levels of CEO pay is sustainable and that the housing market could never ever lose value.
 
2013-08-28 05:57:18 AM  
Not our problem! We should mot be the police of the world. As it really only causes regional instability, regional countries should intervene if need be. Besides it is another damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.
 
2013-08-28 05:57:36 AM  
Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.
 
2013-08-28 08:07:50 AM  
There was no real evidence to go to war with Iraq and we made some up to justify it. Why can't we ignore real evidence of war crimes in Syria and make up evidence to not go to war?
 
2013-08-28 08:08:42 AM  
Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.
 
2013-08-28 08:09:49 AM  

paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.


An armed society is a polite society!
 
2013-08-28 08:11:05 AM  
It's all about getting British and American planes in the air over the region so the AMERICAN SAMs spirited through Bengazi by AMERICANS can be used to shoot down AMERICAN planes to foster enough outrage to start the "big one" for economic purposes. War will get the world out of debt by killing all the people that everyone owes money to.
 
2013-08-28 08:11:41 AM  

Frederick: Since I dont know a lot about this situation I'd first ask "what was gained by a chemical attack?"



Dead enemies and fearful survivors. The same in every kind of attack.
 
2013-08-28 08:12:12 AM  

paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.


and the points don't matter
 
2013-08-28 08:14:22 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.


Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?
 
2013-08-28 08:15:25 AM  
Still think that the UN should be the one handling this with the US taking only a support role i.e. no new troops from the US and only the assets allocated to the UN should be given.
 
2013-08-28 08:16:19 AM  

tkwasny: It's all about getting British and American planes in the air over the region so the AMERICAN SAMs spirited through Bengazi by AMERICANS can be used to shoot down AMERICAN planes to foster enough outrage to start the "big one" for economic purposes. War will get the world out of debt by killing all the people that everyone owes money to.


Wow you're blowing the lid off of this thing.
 
2013-08-28 08:17:21 AM  
I would guess it was the infiltrated Al Quaeda operative. Obviously not an order from the top. Let's bomb them.
 
2013-08-28 08:17:35 AM  
So in these phone calls, where the Syrian army isn't expecting anyone to listen to and presumably speaking candidly, show that they never authorized any chemical attacks, didn't expect their chemical weapons division to carry any out without said authorization, and were told by the chem division that they actually didn't carry out any such attacks.

This sort of thing makes it seem more like the rebels are carrying out chem attacks on themselves to manipulate the world into defending them, not less. Unless it's some sort of double bluff carried out in anticipation that US intel would tap that phone call, which, even after the whole NSA scandal, really isn't that likely when people are fighting for their lives.

/of course, the "civilized world" would condemn Assad just for having a division that manufactures chem weapons
//pretty much the same way they condemn the USA for manufacturing guns, inventing nukes, etc.
///gotta love those unintended consequences of fanatical pacifism
 
2013-08-28 08:17:48 AM  

tkwasny: It's all about getting British and American planes in the air over the region so the AMERICAN SAMs spirited through Bengazi by AMERICANS can be used to shoot down AMERICAN planes to foster enough outrage to start the "big one" for economic purposes. War will get the world out of debt by killing all the people that everyone owes money to.


You had me at debt.

LET'S DO THIS!
 
2013-08-28 08:17:52 AM  
So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
 
2013-08-28 08:18:01 AM  
FTFA: "We don't know exactly why it happened," the intelligence official added. "We just know it was pretty farking stupid."

The "intelligence official" was later heard to say that the use of CW in Syria is "a big farking deal."
 
2013-08-28 08:18:41 AM  

TenJed_77: Not our problem! We should mot be the police of the world. As it really only causes regional instability, regional countries should intervene if need be. Besides it is another damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.


I'd like to try a damned if we don't.
 
2013-08-28 08:18:45 AM  
Also:  I hope that this information didn't come by way of the Italian intelligence community...
 
2013-08-28 08:18:47 AM  

MorrisBird: I'm not understanding this whole mess.


nor me. I doubt definitive facts that would clear it all up will be forthcoming anytime soon as well. it turns out the powers that be keep quite a lot secret
 
2013-08-28 08:19:16 AM  

Carth: paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.

An armed society is a polite society!


Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in. There are stronger motivations than self preservation and fear.
 
2013-08-28 08:21:22 AM  

This About That: log_jammin: This About That: pending invasion

never happen.

Let's hope not. The stock market thinks otherwise.


Its inevitable.
Once you make "red line" statements, you base your credibility on making a response when the line is crossed.  A response that now means doing something about Assad's chemical weapons, which we've just admitted exist and are at risk of falling into worse hands than his.
Blowing a chemical weapon stash up means spreading the mess, so that's not an option. I doubt this guys turning stuff over willingly. That means someone's got to go there and dispose of those shells in person.

Who gets the Job, the Syrian rebels and Al Queda?
I'd suggest the UN, but that's a joke when they can't even drive across a city.
Maybe the French or Brit... No, probably not. Russia sure as hell isn't interested either.


Who's left?

/A winner is U.S.!
 
2013-08-28 08:21:43 AM  

foo monkey: TenJed_77: Not our problem! We should mot be the police of the world. As it really only causes regional instability, regional countries should intervene if need be. Besides it is another damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.

I'd like to try a damned if we don't.


Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up*.  So, despite the fact that I really REALLY REALLY feel that Assad needs to pay for his crimes, we should just stay out of it.

*one exception would be Libya.  I don't count Benghazi as part of that exception, as it is its own intelligence and logistical farkup.
 
2013-08-28 08:22:01 AM  
WI say we should invade immediately; the oppressed people will greet us as liberators!
 
2013-08-28 08:22:18 AM  

give me doughnuts: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?


Remind me, why should anyone care what that lying shiat-heel's says ever again?

"I have no affection for Mr. Assad. I've dealt with him. I know him. And he is a pathological liar, with respect to my interaction with him," Powell said.

Oh right, comedy.
 
2013-08-28 08:22:31 AM  
The "intervention" is a done deal, Mr. Putin is already backing away from Assad.
 
2013-08-28 08:22:57 AM  
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2013-08-28 08:23:23 AM  
hey  Subby, can you do us all a favor and just link to the damned Foreign Policy story rather than Gawker?  I'd prefer to give the clicks to the actual journalists.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/27/exclusive_us_spies _ say_intercepted_calls_prove_syrias_army_used_nerve_gas
 
2013-08-28 08:23:24 AM  
Would the Taliban/AlQaeda/Islamo-psychos gas their own people to bait the US into expanding the conflict?

I think yes.
 
2013-08-28 08:24:22 AM  
The American people have zero control over the government.
 
2013-08-28 08:26:02 AM  

LandOfChocolate: paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.

and the points don't matter


Now here's Netanyahu and Assad doing "Scenes from a Hat."
 
2013-08-28 08:27:13 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in. There are stronger motivations than self preservation and fear.


Go back and re-read Starship Troopers. Hell, even just see the movie. We're talking about survival of the species here.

/Do ya wanna live forever?/
 
2013-08-28 08:27:51 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in.


Of course he didn't, even though he had plenty of examples. That would have forced him to reflect on his rugged individualism philosophy, and it is quite evident from his latter works and letters that the man was simply unwilling to do that. I enjoy the books without celebrating the man as some sort of messiah.
 
2013-08-28 08:27:59 AM  

illegal.tender: The American people have zero control over the government.


I would agree with that sentiment.
 
2013-08-28 08:28:02 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Carth: paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.

An armed society is a polite society!

Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in. There are stronger motivations than self preservation and fear.


Better idea - egg Israel on until they attack with enough force that Syria responds, using chemical weapons on Israel (with Assad being destroyed in the retaliation). Sit back and just eat popcorn while your problems solve each other.

Afterwords, give some aid to the survivors and take credit at the UN.
 
2013-08-28 08:28:25 AM  

Slaxl: I still lean toward it being genuine, it's not like the Iraq war claim of 45 minutes, and tenuous stories about yellowcake, and GWB making the claim that Iraq sponsors tourism.


I laughed way too hard at this mistake. I'm imagining Saddam Hussein- the bedraggled one we pulled from the spider hole- exhorting people to come see beautiful Iraq- the historic and lovely river banks of Mesopotamia, the blue mosque, the shelling of innocent Kurds... You know, tourism!
 
2013-08-28 08:30:01 AM  

pxlboy: illegal.tender: The American people have zero control over the government.

I would agree with that sentiment.


Our control over the government is called voting.
 
2013-08-28 08:30:16 AM  

give me doughnuts: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?


Oh sure. Now he develops a conscience or maybe he sold his shares of Halliburton.
 
2013-08-28 08:30:20 AM  

jshine: Tyrone Slothrop: Carth: paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.

An armed society is a polite society!

Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in. There are stronger motivations than self preservation and fear.

Better idea - egg Israel on until they attack with enough force that Syria responds, using chemical weapons on Israel (with Assad being destroyed in the retaliation). Sit back and just eat popcorn while your problems solve each other.

Afterwords, give some aid to the survivors and take credit at the UN.


I got a chuckle out of that, but we know that Israel's involvement would suck us in.

Not saying I agree with it, but Israel is chomping at the bit and wants to take us with them.
 
2013-08-28 08:30:25 AM  

bayoubruce: My National friends say "kill them all".    I didn't press for an intelligent answer.


From my visits over there, in most of our "deeply political" (drunk) discussions with locals, they seemed to hate Syrians more than pretty much everyone else in the neighborhood. They seemed to blame Assad for most of the trouble with Lebanon, and a lot of the Palestinian issues.
 
2013-08-28 08:30:39 AM  

xanadian: foo monkey: TenJed_77: Not our problem! We should mot be the police of the world. As it really only causes regional instability, regional countries should intervene if need be. Besides it is another damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.

I'd like to try a damned if we don't.

Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up*.  So, despite the fact that I really REALLY REALLY feel that Assad needs to pay for his crimes, we should just stay out of it.

*one exception would be Libya.  I don't count Benghazi as part of that exception, as it is its own intelligence and logistical farkup.


What "crimes"? Granted, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Obama (and our Money) is supporting frickin Al'KayDuh - but what 'crimes' did Assad commit, that the Russians are now complicit in as they are 'protecting' him?

Seeing as how the US has lost ALL credibility in pretty much any accusation it makes (because of the lies, and past history of false flags - show me something from at the very least a 'neutral' source (i.e. UN, etc...)
 
2013-08-28 08:31:01 AM  

violentsalvation: It looks to me and most everyone else that chemical weapons were used. I assume by the Assad regime, but I wouldn't put it past the rebels... they have some real shiat heads in their ranks.


A third option I've seen put forward on Al Jazeera America is the possibility that some rogue/semi-independent elements within the regime are trying to force Assad to stick to a hard line course, sabotaging possible peace talks but betting any reaction by the international community will be relatively minor - coming well short of regime toppling.

Seems a bit retarded, but it's not like we haven't seen rogue elements go nuts in that part of the world before.
 
2013-08-28 08:31:06 AM  

badhatharry: pxlboy: illegal.tender: The American people have zero control over the government.

I would agree with that sentiment.

Our control over the government is called voting.


LOL
 
2013-08-28 08:31:32 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.


Hey now. Where do you think these chemical weapons came from?
 
2013-08-28 08:31:41 AM  

Frederick: violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.

No such things as "False Flags"?  Or just that this wasnt a false flag?

Not Subby, but the headline isnt silly -it's a reasonable scrutiny atm.


Reasonable scrutiny isn't claiming "false flag".

Of course when dealing with a guy who "has a lot of questions" about the holocaust, that is perfectly normal.
 
2013-08-28 08:32:50 AM  
I think we ought to strike the chemical weapons depots/manufacturing facilities then back away.  I know we can't stop it all, but we can put a HUGE dent in that arsenal.  We can do that with missiles from miles away though.  No need for boots on the ground above and beyond the CIA folks who I'm sure are already/always there.
 
2013-08-28 08:32:54 AM  

paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.


This same sentence applies to Texas and Florida
 
2013-08-28 08:33:21 AM  
So basically the government has broken down and whoever controls these chemical weapons could use them or even possibly lose control of them at any moment?

Tell me why again we haven't turned any chemical installations we are aware of into ash again?
 
2013-08-28 08:33:43 AM  

CheatCommando: Tyrone Slothrop: Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in.

Of course he didn't, even though he had plenty of examples. That would have forced him to reflect on his rugged individualism philosophy, and it is quite evident from his latter works and letters that the man was simply unwilling to do that. I enjoy the books without celebrating the man as some sort of messiah.


Yes, he did, but in the context of alien opponents, like the bugs of Klendathu.
 
2013-08-28 08:33:48 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: I have yet to read an article that tells us how the neighborhood that was attacked was of such strategic importance to Assad that it warranted a chemical gas attack that would assure an ass-kicking by the US and our allies.


News out of the situation is spotty, but one of the common things mentioned is how towns and neighborhoods all over the place are, if not actively taking part by disrupting local government, indirectly supporting by providing food and beds to rebels, and openly supporting them (the first video that came out of Siria was of an entire town literally partying in the streets after Assad's forces were kicked out).

Which, unfortunately, doesn't just make them targets for retaliation, but also targets of example, to demonstrate the cost of providing aid and comfort to the enemy. The use of chemical weapons for this might be new, but the practice itself is not exactly something new in Siria.
 
2013-08-28 08:33:54 AM  
Hundreds of thousands have already died in this conflict and the world does nothing.   Gas a few hundred and now these deaths have more importance and outrage.  Death by bullets, bombs, starvation, and torture still ok though.

/Stuff your sorries in a sack.   Humans beings don't deserve this planet.
 
2013-08-28 08:34:30 AM  

Tatterdemalian: This sort of thing makes it seem more like the rebels are carrying out chem attacks on themselves to manipulate the world into defending them, not less. Unless it's some sort of double bluff carried out in anticipation that US intel would tap that phone call, which, even after the whole NSA scandal, really isn't that likely when people are fighting for their lives.


I didn't think the military, at least the higher ups are afraid for their lives.
 
2013-08-28 08:35:20 AM  

pxlboy: badhatharry: pxlboy: illegal.tender: The American people have zero control over the government.

I would agree with that sentiment.

Our control over the government is called voting.

LOL


Yeah, it doesn't have much power when a 2nd term President doesn't get congressional approval to do this kind of thing.
 
2013-08-28 08:36:06 AM  

ltdanman44: Hundreds of thousands have already died in this conflict and the world does nothing.   Gas a few hundred and now these deaths have more importance and outrage.  Death by bullets, bombs, starvation, and torture still ok though.

/Stuff your sorries in a sack.   Humans beings don't deserve this planet.


Welp... sounds like the Syrians are eliminating them as fast as they can.
 
2013-08-28 08:36:45 AM  

xanadian: Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up.


And for geographically challenged farkers, here's a helpful map of the Middle East:

nationsonline.orgView Full Size


No, wait, here it is:

nationsonline.orgView Full Size


No, damn it. Middle East, Middle East...

cg043.k12.sd.usView Full Size


There we go.
 
2013-08-28 08:37:09 AM  

Falstaff: I think we ought to strike the chemical weapons depots/manufacturing facilities then back away.  I know we can't stop it all, but we can put a HUGE dent in that arsenal.  We can do that with missiles from miles away though.No need for boots on the ground above and beyond the CIA folks who I'm sure are already/always there.


We can shoot where we think they are.

We don't know where they are.

Trying to take them out is a big risk.  I am glad my job isnt to guess if it is a bigger risk than doing nothing militarily, adn peopel who think that is an easy question are kidding themselves.
 
2013-08-28 08:38:55 AM  
There was no benefit for Assad using chemical weapons.  That is why this whole thing stinks to high heavens.

Assad can crush the rebels with conventional means and keep the international community on the outside of the issue, but instead he kills civilians with chemical weapons for no strategic or tactical gain.


Plus even if he did do it, it still doesn't mean we should provide support to the rebels, who very likely will be just as bad, if not worse that Assad morally and as a ally in the region.
 
2013-08-28 08:39:19 AM  
Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warships poised for missile strikes against Syria, and Iran threatening to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $US112 a barrel.

The Putin-Bandar meeting took place three weeks ago. Mr Putin was unmoved by the Saudi offer.


Or maybe not, looks like Putin wont be bribed.
 
2013-08-28 08:39:32 AM  
For the love of God, stay the fark out of Syria.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," Obama in 2008.

lol.
 
2013-08-28 08:41:10 AM  

illegal.tender: The American people have zero control over the government.


It's only because we believe that statement and act as if we don't, that we don't.
 
2013-08-28 08:41:33 AM  
OK, I RTFA.

Before passing judgement, I'd like to see the translated transcript.  From that, I'll have a good idea if it's legit or not.

I do have to say, though that this would be pretty damned convenient for the administration:

In the intercepted phone calls, one official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense reportedly demands answers from the chemical weapons unit's leader for the alleged chemical weapons attack that killed over 1,300 people last week.

That kind of lets the administration off the hook somewhat for their "red line" statements, because it was the work of a local commander, and not something ordered from on high and possibly done against standing orders from the Syria MoD.

The administration could then just do a very limited, symbolic strike, and not have to actually do anything serious, but they did paint themselves into a bit of a corner.

On the plus side, it might have the end effect of Syria tightening up their controls on the use of chemical weapons.  If this was a rogue local commander, it would be in Syria's best interests internationally to publicly arrest and punish the commander responsible.  Domestically, it might help also, but probably not.
 
2013-08-28 08:41:45 AM  
Alex jones says we are toolin up feh war wid dem ruskies...we are through the looking glass ladies and gentlemen!!! Buy all my fear mongering stuff, 5million salary last year for my wife wasnt enough/p>
 
2013-08-28 08:43:13 AM  

macadamnut: xanadian: Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up.

And for geographically challenged farkers, here's a helpful map of the Middle East:

[562x432 from http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/central_america_map_855.jpg image 562x432]

No, wait, here it is:

[562x357 from http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/south_east_asia_map.jpg image 562x357]

No, damn it. Middle East, Middle East...

[562x360 from http://cg043.k12.sd.us/regions%20of%20the%20US%20webquest/southe1.gif image 562x360]

There we go.


The SEC has chemical weapons!
 
2013-08-28 08:43:47 AM  

macadamnut: No, damn it. Middle East, Middle East...

There we go.


Heh, we even farked up the Reconstruction, didn't we?  And we're still hearing the echoes from that one (even though they get dimmer with time).
 
2013-08-28 08:45:20 AM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: The SEC has chemical weapons!


Technically, so does anyone who owns a pool, or who has a bunch of cleaning supplies.
 
2013-08-28 08:45:20 AM  

macadamnut: There we go.


Point made.

*golf clap*
 
2013-08-28 08:45:22 AM  

MugzyBrown: There was no benefit for Assad using chemical weapons.  That is why this whole thing stinks to high heavens.

Assad can crush the rebels with conventional means and keep the international community on the outside of the issue, but instead he kills civilians with chemical weapons for no strategic or tactical gain.


Plus even if he did do it, it still doesn't mean we should provide support to the rebels, who very likely will be just as bad, if not worse that Assad morally and as a ally in the region.


Doesn't look like it so far.

Assad has shown he is fien with using "fear" to keep civilians from uspporting rebels.  Chemical weapons fits with that pattern.  The question is if you think he is worried enough about the "redline" that he would not use them.
 
2013-08-28 08:45:55 AM  

FC Exile: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Hey now. Where do you think these chemical weapons came from?


I made the mistake of making a joke about French, Russian and American arms dealers using shell companies and I realized that while it's probably true I should shut up because I sound like a conspiracy theorist.

ltdanman44: Hundreds of thousands have already died in this conflict and the world does nothing.   Gas a few hundred and now these deaths have more importance and outrage.  Death by bullets, bombs, starvation, and torture still ok though.

/Stuff your sorries in a sack.   Humans beings don't deserve this planet.


From a geopolitical standpoint, the question is if they let Syria get away with using chemical weapons how much leverage and confidence will Iran get to make nuclear weapons. So yeah, a country can have a civil war and both sides can sell arms or insert "advisors" but once it expands outside the borders it becomes a problem.
 
2013-08-28 08:47:09 AM  

jshine: WI say we should invade immediately; the oppressed people will greet us as liberators!


Wisconsin wants to help the Al Qaeda rebels?
 
2013-08-28 08:47:31 AM  
What I find amazing is our "outrage" of the use of chemical weapons (which are generally produced by the U.S. and are basically ineffective at scale). So we'll use cruise missiles, drones and cluster bombs which are far more "humane" to intervene in a civil war at the behest of Israel that will effective further inflame the region.

\fark that
 
2013-08-28 08:47:44 AM  

dittybopper: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: The SEC has chemical weapons!

Technically, so does anyone who owns a pool, or who has a bunch of cleaning supplies.


Water is a chemical so water guns are chemical weapons.

/?
 
2013-08-28 08:47:47 AM  
I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.
 
2013-08-28 08:48:54 AM  

liam76: We can shoot where we think they are.

We don't know where they are.

Trying to take them out is a big risk. I am glad my job isnt to guess if it is a bigger risk than doing nothing militarily, adn peopel who think that is an easy question are kidding themselves.


Also one thing to note is that technically many chemical weapons are not even weapons. They are often chemicals that are used in standardized industrial processes so how do you separate the two?
 
2013-08-28 08:49:13 AM  
While the phone calls, if true, would prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the attacks,

No, it would NOT. The Russian ambassador submitted an 80-page report to the U.N. back in July, stating that the sarin used in the recent attacks had not been chemically stabilized. That means that the sarin was recently manufactured and unsuitable for long-term storage. Also, the weapons used to deliver the sarin were primitive compared to the weapons the Syrian government is known to have.

He said the analysis showed that the unguided Basha'ir-3 rocket that hit Khan al-Assal was not a military-standard chemical weapon. Churkin said the results indicate it "was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sarin." He said the samples indicated the sarin and the projectile were produced in makeshift "cottage industry" conditions, and the projectile "is not a standard one for chemical use."

Sarin production does not require sophisticated equipment. Figuring out whether or not the sarin is chemically stabilized is an easily-verifiable fact. There are samples of it all over the goddamn place, so I'd like that see our government answer that one simple question before we belly-flop into another quagmire with our tails ablazin'.
 
2013-08-28 08:49:49 AM  
The Carney barker has been shoved out to answer questions and says that this attack on Syria 'won't be about regime change'.  Well ain't that the sh*t?

Then why did Obama say that Assad 'has to go'?  Isn't that 'about regime change'?

Obama is arming and training the rebels, including Al Qaeda (which Obama calls a 'phony scandal') for the purpose of overthrowing the government.  Isn't that 'about regime change'?


Now that our precious little king has ceased two years of dithering and is pointing the royal scepter at Syria, he still seeks 'permission' from the UN, our supposed allies and a phalanx of lawyers before acting.  Why?  If he's finally decided to 'do something', then what's he waiting for?  Did Israel need 'permission' for the airstrikes it's already carried out in Syria?

Is there a Fark LiberalTM out there who has one damned clue as to WTF is going on here?
 
2013-08-28 08:50:32 AM  
The cry of 'false flag' is generally done by those whom have already determined the reality of things and generally disregard evidence that disputes their pre-determined conclusion as to what reality is.

Conspiracy theorists are the worst when it comes to these sorts of declarations, but many partisans of all flavors are fond of using 'false flag' to disregard things that don't fit into the narratives in their heads.
 
2013-08-28 08:50:55 AM  
So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist. Are you sure he's not doing this because he's tired of being laughed at by the other world leaders for being soft, wishy washy and not understanding how the rest of the world works? Is it possible that in his circle of advisors, hollywood friends, news outlets, can't do so I teach educators and other obamorons, that he believes he solved the worlds hatred of America with some really hip speeches? He's about to provide some very heavy ordnance to rebel fighters. Some of these same rebels are terrorists. Has he forgotten what happened a little over a decade ago to America? barry doesn't fit the Bush cowboy mo. He's more of the guy in charge of the Apple Dumpling gang, but do you really want him invading another country just because his feelings are constantly hurt at world leader meetings or so he can support his rebel (hint, they really hate Americans) friends? It wouldn't surprise me if the whole reason for this invasion is because Syria had lots of sunlight and its windy. No Blood For Green Energy!
 
2013-08-28 08:51:13 AM  

shower_in_my_socks: I have yet to read an article that tells us how the neighborhood that was attacked was of such strategic importance to Assad that it warranted a chemical gas attack that would assure an ass-kicking by the US and our allies.


Chances are the neighborhood wasn't *THAT* important in the grand scheme of things, however the rebels have been pretty by the book with disturbing Assad's ability to nail them down. They hit an area, they occupy it, they force Assad to send resources to reoccupy it, then they retreat. Do this fifty times in a short time span and it keeps the other guys off kilter, the tactic is called a "Counter-Blitz". 

Its baseless speculation on my part but I wouldn't be shocked if Assad was just overwhelmed and ordered the area to be gassed.
 
2013-08-28 08:51:55 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: So basically the government has broken down and whoever controls these chemical weapons could use them or even possibly lose control of them at any moment?

Tell me why again we haven't turned any chemical installations we are aware of into ash again?


Because it's REALLY hard to "safely" incinerate these weapons (there are HUGE plants in Utah and MD to do it to US stockpiles), and it'd be pretty bad to just unleash our own cloud of poison gas on locals...

The odds you could level and incinerate an entire factory/stockpile are really low.
 
2013-08-28 08:51:59 AM  

LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.


It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.
 
2013-08-28 08:52:47 AM  
When it comes to Syria...there is one thing that is for sure.

...we can't trust a farkin' thing John Kerry says.
 
2013-08-28 08:52:49 AM  

Launch Code: So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist. Are you sure he's not doing this because he's tired of being laughed at by the other world leaders for being soft, wishy washy and not understanding how the rest of the world works? Is it possible that in his circle of advisors, hollywood friends, news outlets, can't do so I teach educators and other obamorons, that he believes he solved the worlds hatred of America with some really hip speeches? He's about to provide some very heavy ordnance to rebel fighters. Some of these same rebels are terrorists. Has he forgotten what happened a little over a decade ago to America? barry doesn't fit the Bush cowboy mo. He's more of the guy in charge of the Apple Dumpling gang, but do you really want him invading another country just because his feelings are constantly hurt at world leader meetings or so he can support his rebel (hint, they really hate Americans) friends? It wouldn't surprise me if the whole reason for this invasion is because Syria had lots of sunlight and its windy. No Blood For Green Energy!


3/10
 
2013-08-28 08:53:32 AM  

DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.


You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?
 
2013-08-28 08:54:24 AM  

Launch Code: So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist. Are you sure he's not doing this because he's tired of being laughed at by the other world leaders for being soft, wishy washy and not understanding how the rest of the world works? Is it possible that in his circle of advisors, hollywood friends, news outlets, can't do so I teach educators and other obamorons, that he believes he solved the worlds hatred of America with some really hip speeches? He's about to provide some very heavy ordnance to rebel fighters. Some of these same rebels are terrorists. Has he forgotten what happened a little over a decade ago to America? barry doesn't fit the Bush cowboy mo. He's more of the guy in charge of the Apple Dumpling gang, but do you really want him invading another country just because his feelings are constantly hurt at world leader meetings or so he can support his rebel (hint, they really hate Americans) friends? It wouldn't surprise me if the whole reason for this invasion is because Syria had lots of sunlight and its windy. No Blood For Green Energy!


I enjoyed this immensely. 6/10
 
2013-08-28 08:54:49 AM  
Yeah, let's just stand back and let all the evil shiatheads of the world gas people.  We have public school teachers who need raises.
 
2013-08-28 08:55:03 AM  

FullMetalPanda: So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.


This.
 
2013-08-28 08:55:31 AM  

LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?


Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.
 
2013-08-28 08:55:55 AM  

dittybopper: CheatCommando: Tyrone Slothrop: Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in.

Of course he didn't, even though he had plenty of examples. That would have forced him to reflect on his rugged individualism philosophy, and it is quite evident from his latter works and letters that the man was simply unwilling to do that. I enjoy the books without celebrating the man as some sort of messiah.

Yes, he did, but in the context of alien opponents, like the bugs of Klendathu.


That's still his early period - most of Heinlein's unreflected individualism comes out much later in his career. Particularly after Friday and The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. I think his brief foray into politics over the Test Ban Treaty, which Starship Troopers was a part of, seemed to harden his views and make him far more intolerant of alternatives.
 
2013-08-28 08:56:30 AM  

socoloco: What I find amazing is our "outrage" of the use of chemical weapons (which are generally produced by the U.S. and are basically ineffective at scale). So we'll use cruise missiles, drones and cluster bombs which are far more "humane" to intervene in a civil war at the behest of Israel that will effective further inflame the region.

\fark that


Let's not forget napalm, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, anthrax, and whatever stuff we've been testing out over there for the last ten years that we don't even know about yet.
 
2013-08-28 08:56:35 AM  

DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?

Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.


So, what would you do in his place?  And be specific.
 
2013-08-28 08:58:44 AM  

pnome: Yeah, let's just stand back and let all the evil shiatheads of the world gas people.  We have public school teachers who need raises.


Pretty much. The world is a pretty big place, and I fail to see why we have a vested interest in stopping the two sides of this conflict - both of which are filled with evil shiatheads - from offing each other.

Stand down the military, give the teachers a raise. Sounds like a plan to me.
 
2013-08-28 08:58:55 AM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: give me doughnuts: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?

Remind me, why should anyone care what that lying shiat-heel's says ever again?

"I have no affection for Mr. Assad. I've dealt with him. I know him. And he is a pathological liar, with respect to my interaction with him," Powell said.

Oh right, comedy.


I'm actually willing to cut Powell a bit of slack on that whole fiasco...I think he was criminally mis-led, rather than deliberately, personally mendacious.  You're right, though, he still has a HUGE credibility gap...someone operating at that level shouldn't be hoodwinked by two-biatchickenhawks.
 
2013-08-28 08:59:23 AM  

Infernalist: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?

Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.

So, what would you do in his place?  And be specific.


I'd make an effort to lead.  I wouldn't make statements about 2nd tier states over whether or not we're going to use our military if they do something we don't agree with.  If they do something that warrants our involvement, then we get involved. I wouldn't need to make threats or ultimatums as the President of the United States of America.   Why do you think he IS a man of his word? And be specific.
 
2013-08-28 08:59:52 AM  

DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else


What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.
 
2013-08-28 09:00:07 AM  

CheatCommando: Tyrone Slothrop: Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in.

Of course he didn't, even though he had plenty of examples. That would have forced him to reflect on his rugged individualism philosophy, and it is quite evident from his latter works and letters that the man was simply unwilling to do that. I enjoy the books without celebrating the man as some sort of messiah.


This.  He's a bit like Ayn Rand...raises some good points, but don't base your whole life on the philosophy...
 
2013-08-28 09:00:11 AM  

PunGent: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: give me doughnuts: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?

Remind me, why should anyone care what that lying shiat-heel's says ever again?

"I have no affection for Mr. Assad. I've dealt with him. I know him. And he is a pathological liar, with respect to my interaction with him," Powell said.

Oh right, comedy.

I'm actually willing to cut Powell a bit of slack on that whole fiasco...I think he was criminally mis-led, rather than deliberately, personally mendacious.  You're right, though, he still has a HUGE credibility gap...someone operating at that level shouldn't be hoodwinked by two-biatchickenhawks.


Amusing filterpwn
 
2013-08-28 09:01:02 AM  
May we wipe ourselves off this planet, but leave nature intact.
 
2013-08-28 09:02:03 AM  

BostonEMT: xanadian: foo monkey: TenJed_77: Not our problem! We should mot be the police of the world. As it really only causes regional instability, regional countries should intervene if need be. Besides it is another damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.

I'd like to try a damned if we don't.

Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up*.  So, despite the fact that I really REALLY REALLY feel that Assad needs to pay for his crimes, we should just stay out of it.

*one exception would be Libya.  I don't count Benghazi as part of that exception, as it is its own intelligence and logistical farkup.

What "crimes"? Granted, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Obama (and our Money) is supporting frickin Al'KayDuh - but what 'crimes' did Assad commit, that the Russians are now complicit in as they are 'protecting' him?


Heh...remember the "American Taliban" case?  looks like HIS crime was...bad timing :)
 
2013-08-28 09:02:40 AM  

lordjupiter: Launch Code: So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist. Are you sure he's not doing this because he's tired of being laughed at by the other world leaders for being soft, wishy washy and not understanding how the rest of the world works? Is it possible that in his circle of advisors, hollywood friends, news outlets, can't do so I teach educators and other obamorons, that he believes he solved the worlds hatred of America with some really hip speeches? He's about to provide some very heavy ordnance to rebel fighters. Some of these same rebels are terrorists. Has he forgotten what happened a little over a decade ago to America? barry doesn't fit the Bush cowboy mo. He's more of the guy in charge of the Apple Dumpling gang, but do you really want him invading another country just because his feelings are constantly hurt at world leader meetings or so he can support his rebel (hint, they really hate Americans) friends? It wouldn't surprise me if the whole reason for this invasion is because Syria had lots of sunlight and its windy. No Blood For Green Energy!

3/10


I thought that was a pretty good piece of satire. You weren't quite sure where Mr. Code was going with the rant until the last line.
 
2013-08-28 09:02:42 AM  

macadamnut: xanadian: Seems to me that lately, every time we intervene in the Middle East, we fark it up.

And for geographically challenged farkers, here's a helpful map of the Middle East:

[562x432 from http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/central_america_map_855.jpg image 562x432]

No, wait, here it is:

[562x357 from http://www.nationsonline.org/maps/south_east_asia_map.jpg image 562x357]

No, damn it. Middle East, Middle East...

[562x360 from http://cg043.k12.sd.us/regions%20of%20the%20US%20webquest/southe1.gif image 562x360]

There we go.


imgs.xkcd.comView Full Size
 
2013-08-28 09:03:18 AM  

ltdanman44: Hundreds of thousands have already died in this conflict and the world does nothing.   Gas a few hundred and now these deaths have more importance and outrage.  Death by bullets, bombs, starvation, and torture still ok though.

/Stuff your sorries in a sack.   Humans beings don't deserve this planet.


Be ironic if we get out into the universe, and discover it's even MORE poorly-run by other species...
 
2013-08-28 09:03:25 AM  

liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.


I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.
 
2013-08-28 09:04:16 AM  
FullMetalPanda
2013-08-28 08:17:52 AM


So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

Moving TSA from denying water bottles to all out groping of innocents

Expansion of Patriot act.

Expansion of Homeland defense.

Support of gitmo.

Troops still in Afg. and Iraq

Increasing the Bush policy of spying on americans

Drone strikes on civilians

Drones over US airspace

Other than 50% of his race, how exactly is he different than bush?
 
2013-08-28 09:04:26 AM  

socoloco: What I find amazing is our "outrage" of the use of chemical weapons (which are generally produced by the U.S. and are basically ineffective at scale). So we'll use cruise missiles, drones and cluster bombs which are far more "humane" to intervene in a civil war at the behest of Israel that will effective further inflame the region.

\fark that


Gas is an evil way to fight. It kills lots of innocent people. Carpet bombing cities has been against the rules for awhile too. This ain't 'Nam, there are rules!
 
2013-08-28 09:05:14 AM  

DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?

Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.

So, what would you do in his place?  And be specific.

I'd make an effort to lead.  I wouldn't make statements about 2nd tier states over whether or not we're going to use our military if they do something we don't agree with.  If they do something that warrants our involvement, then we get involved. I wouldn't need to make threats or ultimatums as the President of the United States of America.   Why do you think he IS a man of his word? And be specific.


Actually, I have a different expectation of whomever ends up as President, but let's deal with your complete nonanswer first.  You would 'lead', which means nothing, especially nothing 'specific' to the situation at hand.  You would 'not' do what he did, but you haven't said what you 'would' do, other than set yourself up to be a goober.

Secondly, I never said he was a man of his word.

Lastly, I want a President that's smart enough to not get us into a mess in the ME and if that means going back on his word, then hoo-farking-rah.

Personally, and this is just my own personal opinion here, you're just biatching to have something to biatch about.  I mean, we're looking at a situation where people have been gassed, no one's yet sure who did it, we're getting close to laying the smack down on 'someone', and your big concern is that the President isn't 'a man of his word.'

So, if you're serious, all I can suggest is turn off Fark and GBTW.
 
2013-08-28 09:05:25 AM  
This isn't conspiracy, it's just incompetence.

A single Syrian unit farked up, farked up pretty badly, but that's human nature.

The conspiracy theorists will tell us that logically, there was no reason for Assad to use NBC's. In that, they're right. There was no logical upside for Assad to use NBC's in the way he did, but logic often isn't the driving force during wartime. In this case, logic probably never entered the equation. It looks like a fark up, an awful fark up, but a fark up.

Really, this has none of the hallmarks of a false flag. Purposefully designed false flags attempt to demonize the opposition. This evidence just makes Assad look like he's losing control of his most important assets. Here's another reason it's not a false flag. This very evidence would probably exonerate Assad if he were ever to face a war crimes tribunal.
/A lot of bad shiat happens during a war, it doesn't always make sense.
 
2013-08-28 09:06:05 AM  

Slaxl: It's amazing how we all still, collectively, have not forgotten the lies that led to and the damage caused by the previous wars. People say the public are fickle and forget everything when X-Factor comes on but I'm seeing very little support for the war, and lots of questioning official versions.

For the record I believe chemical weapons have been used against rebels, and we should still stay out, because whichever side we help will be brutal towards their own people. Also politicians are useless and will botch the whole thing because of election cycles.

I was very much for intervention at the beginning, before I knew anything about the rebels, but I always was impulsive, I'm glad the governments are not, even if at the end of this 2 year period they're still making the wrong decision, you can hardly accuse them of rushing into it.


Had we jumped in with both feet and helped the FSA things mght have been different. However, the second Al Queda came streaming in from Iraq things took a turn for the worse in the make up of the rebel forces and muddied the waters when it comes to who is worse in this fight.
 
2013-08-28 09:06:22 AM  

NutWrench: While the phone calls, if true, would prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the attacks,

No, it would NOT. The Russian ambassador submitted an 80-page report to the U.N. back in July, stating that the sarin used in the recent attacks had not been chemically stabilized. That means that the sarin was recently manufactured and unsuitable for long-term storage. Also, the weapons used to deliver the sarin were primitive compared to the weapons the Syrian government is known to have.

He said the analysis showed that the unguided Basha'ir-3 rocket that hit Khan al-Assal was not a military-standard chemical weapon. Churkin said the results indicate it "was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sarin." He said the samples indicated the sarin and the projectile were produced in makeshift "cottage industry" conditions, and the projectile "is not a standard one for chemical use."

Sarin production does not require sophisticated equipment. Figuring out whether or not the sarin is chemically stabilized is an easily-verifiable fact. There are samples of it all over the goddamn place, so I'd like that see our government answer that one simple question before we belly-flop into another quagmire with our tails ablazin'.


Wasn't that the stuff that cult used in the Tokyo subway attack?
 
2013-08-28 09:06:24 AM  

DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.


The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.
 
2013-08-28 09:06:27 AM  

Infernalist: DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?

Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.

So, what would you do in his place?  And be specific.

I'd make an effort to lead.  I wouldn't make statements about 2nd tier states over whether or not we're going to use our military if they do something we don't agree with.  If they do something that warrants our involvement, then we get involved. I wouldn't need to make threats or ultimatums as the President of the United States of America.   Why do you think he IS a man of his word? And be specific.

Actually, I have a different expectation of whomever ends up as President, but let's deal with your complete nonanswer first.  You would 'lead', which means nothing, especially nothing 'specific' to the situation at hand.  You would 'not' do what he did, but you haven't said what you 'would' do, other than set yourself up to be a goober.

Secondly, I never said he was a man of his word.

Lastly, I want a President that's smart enough to not get us into a mess in the ME and if that means going back on his word, then hoo-farking-rah.

Personally, and this is just my own personal opinion here, you're just biatching to have something to biatch about.  I mean, we're looking at a situation where people have been gassed, no one's yet sure who did it, we're getting close to laying the smack down on 'someone', and your big concern is that the President isn't 'a man of his word.'

So, if you're serious, all I can suggest is turn off Fark and GBTW.


All you ever do is argue.  You never say anything of value.
 
2013-08-28 09:06:29 AM  

violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.


I'd have thought the Rebels would be the most likely folks to do a false flag attack - nobody outside of Syria really wants to get involved or has anything to gain from a false flag operation.
 
2013-08-28 09:07:28 AM  

pnome: Yeah, let's just stand back and let all the evil shiatheads of the world gas people.  We have public school teachers who need raises.


Or we could cut out the middleman and gas the public schools. It'll be worth it just to see the NRA's reaction.
 
2013-08-28 09:07:42 AM  

Esroc: May we wipe ourselves off this planet, but leave nature intact.


You first.

PunGent: Be ironic if we get out into the universe, and discover it's even MORE poorly-run by other species...


Just as long as they don't write poetry...
 
2013-08-28 09:08:08 AM  

liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.

The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.


I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.
 
2013-08-28 09:09:39 AM  
just curious - if this is a "false flag" operation, what does obama have to gain by it? military intervention in syria is less popular than congress right now. plus it will be expensive. plus it will divert attention from the implementation of obamacare, which really needs to go as smoothly as possible for obama to secure his legacy.

i just don't see any up side. if there were, obama would have engaged in syria long ago.
 
2013-08-28 09:09:42 AM  

RandomRandom: This isn't conspiracy, it's just incompetence.

A single Syrian unit farked up, farked up pretty badly, but that's human nature.

The conspiracy theorists will tell us that logically, there was no reason for Assad to use NBC's. In that, they're right. There was no logical upside for Assad to use NBC's in the way he did, but logic often isn't the driving force during wartime. In this case, logic probably never entered the equation. It looks like a fark up, an awful fark up, but a fark up.

Really, this has none of the hallmarks of a false flag. Purposefully designed false flags attempt to demonize the opposition. This evidence just makes Assad look like he's losing control of his most important assets. Here's another reason it's not a false flag. This very evidence would probably exonerate Assad if he were ever to face a war crimes tribunal.
/A lot of bad shiat happens during a war, it doesn't always make sense.


This is relevant.  All this proves is that Assad is losing control of his military and they're acting without orders.  Granted, war crimes are being committed as a result, so that points to some hard conversations being made within the Assad government.
 
2013-08-28 09:10:07 AM  

OnlyM3: FullMetalPanda
2013-08-28 08:17:52 AM


So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.
Moving TSA from denying water bottles to all out groping of innocents

Expansion of Patriot act.

Expansion of Homeland defense.

Support of gitmo.

Troops still in Afg. and Iraq

Increasing the Bush policy of spying on americans

Drone strikes on civilians

Drones over US airspace

Other than 50% of his race, how exactly is he different than bush?


The letter after his name and the healthcare insurance stimulus known as Obamacare
 
2013-08-28 09:10:30 AM  
All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?
 
2013-08-28 09:11:04 AM  

DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: DubtodaIll: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

It's not that they're pissed about the potential for war, it's that he's not a man of his word.

You mean he willn't have been a man of his word? Theoretically? Which word is that?

Most of them, it's not just this situation, but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else entirely.

So, what would you do in his place?  And be specific.

I'd make an effort to lead.  I wouldn't make statements about 2nd tier states over whether or not we're going to use our military if they do something we don't agree with.  If they do something that warrants our involvement, then we get involved. I wouldn't need to make threats or ultimatums as the President of the United States of America.   Why do you think he IS a man of his word? And be specific.

Actually, I have a different expectation of whomever ends up as President, but let's deal with your complete nonanswer first.  You would 'lead', which means nothing, especially nothing 'specific' to the situation at hand.  You would 'not' do what he did, but you haven't said what you 'would' do, other than set yourself up to be a goober.

Secondly, I never said he was a man of his word.

Lastly, I want a President that's smart enough to not get us into a mess in the ME and if that means going back on his word, then hoo-farking-rah.

Personally, and this is just my own personal opinion here, you're just biatching to have something to biatch about.  I mean, we're looking at a situation where people have been gassed, no one's yet sure who did it, we're getting close to laying the smack down on 'someone', and your big concern is that the President isn't 'a man of his word.'

So, if you're serious, all I can suggest is turn off Fark and GB ...


That may well be true.
 
2013-08-28 09:11:31 AM  

neversubmit: dittybopper: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: The SEC has chemical weapons!

Technically, so does anyone who owns a pool, or who has a bunch of cleaning supplies.

Water is a chemical so water guns are chemical weapons.

/?


Chlorine.  It was the first widely used lethal chemical weapon.
 
2013-08-28 09:11:50 AM  

Neighborhood Watch: The Carney barker has been shoved out to answer questions and says that this attack on Syria 'won't be about regime change'.  Well ain't that the sh*t?

Then why did Obama say that Assad 'has to go'?  Isn't that 'about regime change'?

Obama is arming and training the rebels, including Al Qaeda (which Obama calls a 'phony scandal') for the purpose of overthrowing the government.  Isn't that 'about regime change'?


Now that our precious little king has ceased two years of dithering and is pointing the royal scepter at Syria, he still seeks 'permission' from the UN, our supposed allies and a phalanx of lawyers before acting.  Why?  If he's finally decided to 'do something', then what's he waiting for?  Did Israel need 'permission' for the airstrikes it's already carried out in Syria?

Is there a Fark LiberalTM out there who has one damned clue as to WTF is going on here?


My take?  Obama screwed up with his earlier "redline" comment...now he's stuck with it.  It's his first really serious foreign policy blunder, imho.  Which way he wriggles is...kinda important.  He could swallow some pride and back down, or do a limited strike, or get us bogged down in another Bush-style quagmire in that region.

My money's on option 2, but none of them are really "good" at this point.

This current "evidence"?  who knows...I could easily see some local commander launching on his own, or getting a screwed-up order from higher up, just as easily as the rebels doing it themselves.  Not like some of THEM are unwilling to sacrifice the innocent.  Fog of war, etc, etc.
 
2013-08-28 09:12:40 AM  

tirob: All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?


If I had to guess, I'd say:

c) Some lower ranking field officer made the horrible mistake of using CWs on his own volition.
 
2013-08-28 09:12:43 AM  
My favorite thing about these threads is all the same people comparing Syria to Iraq were comparing Libya to Iraq a couple years ago. And they're saying it without a single sense of irony.
 
2013-08-28 09:13:17 AM  

FlashHarry: just curious - if this is a "false flag" operation, what does obama have to gain by it? military intervention in syria is less popular than congress right now. plus it will be expensive. plus it will divert attention from the implementation of obamacare, which really needs to go as smoothly as possible for obama to secure his legacy.

i just don't see any up side. if there were, obama would have engaged in syria long ago.


Follow the money. It's always about money.
 
2013-08-28 09:13:22 AM  
There's something rotten in Damascus
 
2013-08-28 09:13:28 AM  

PunGent: My take?  Obama screwed up with his earlier "redline" comment...now he's stuck with it.  It's his first really serious foreign policy blunder, imho.


What, precisely, did he say with his "redline" comment? Please go read it, and then explain why it was a blunder.
 
2013-08-28 09:13:51 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: My favorite thing about these threads is all the same people comparing Syria to Iraq were comparing Libya to Iraq a couple years ago. And they're saying it without a single sense of irony.


a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.
 
2013-08-28 09:13:57 AM  

DubtodaIll: I'd make an effort to lead.


This is how you know you can ignore someone.
 
2013-08-28 09:14:39 AM  

Launch Code: So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist.


As opposed to every other president in the television era?  or ever?

The self-effacing rarely seek high office.
 
2013-08-28 09:15:19 AM  

Headso: There's something rotten in Damascus


I don't like the sound of these Rosencrantz and Guildenstern characters, sounds Israeli...
 
2013-08-28 09:15:26 AM  

PunGent: Launch Code: So we're going to war AGAIN! Where are the anti war protestors? Where's the code pink nuts? I guess biden and almost all the other demahippocrates are ok with this fight. Most democrats won't speak out against barry or his policies because they fear the almighty jackboot of liberal scorn, political suicide, death threats cold shoulders at dem gatherings etc. Does anyone on the left have the intestinal fortitude to question anything at all that this guy does?

barry is a known narcissist.

As opposed to every other president in the television era?  or ever?

The self-effacing rarely seek high office.


Read his whole post.
 
2013-08-28 09:15:28 AM  

Infernalist: a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.



He's doing a pretty good job on his own.
 
2013-08-28 09:15:45 AM  

DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up


How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.

tirob: c) Something else


Some guy from the Syrian army farking up possibly.
 
2013-08-28 09:15:51 AM  

pnome: Yeah, let's just stand back and let all the evil shiatheads of the world gas people.  We have public school teachers who need raises.


How about if the people getting gassed are ALSO evil shiatheads?
 
2013-08-28 09:16:17 AM  

PunGent: two-biatchickenhawks


Righteous filter-pwn. I.m saving that one.
 
2013-08-28 09:16:33 AM  

Greek: Slaxl: I still lean toward it being genuine, it's not like the Iraq war claim of 45 minutes, and tenuous stories about yellowcake, and GWB making the claim that Iraq sponsors tourism.

I laughed way too hard at this mistake. I'm imagining Saddam Hussein- the bedraggled one we pulled from the spider hole- exhorting people to come see beautiful Iraq- the historic and lovely river banks of Mesopotamia, the blue mosque, the shelling of innocent Kurds... You know, tourism!


Actually what you didn't get was the real reason we invaded was truly tourism.  See, the UAE was in the process of building Ferrari World at Yaz Island.  Saddam was in talks to construct Lambo Universe near their part of the Gulf as well.  The problem is that some say Yaz had contracted Disney to help build it all out, and well, just study out it out from there..
 
2013-08-28 09:16:35 AM  

pxlboy: PunGent: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: give me doughnuts: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Just for old times sake, let's get Colin Powell up in front of the UN to make the case that Syria can deploy those weapons in 45... no 25 minutes and they have mobile labs and that's why we don't know where they are but remember Knight Rider? He had that garage in the back of a trailer truck.

Perhaps you'd care to ask him what he thinks about Syria?

Remind me, why should anyone care what that lying shiat-heel's says ever again?

"I have no affection for Mr. Assad. I've dealt with him. I know him. And he is a pathological liar, with respect to my interaction with him," Powell said.

Oh right, comedy.

I'm actually willing to cut Powell a bit of slack on that whole fiasco...I think he was criminally mis-led, rather than deliberately, personally mendacious.  You're right, though, he still has a HUGE credibility gap...someone operating at that level shouldn't be hoodwinked by two-biatchickenhawks.

Amusing filterpwn


Heh...I didn't see THAT coming...
 
2013-08-28 09:17:04 AM  

PunGent: As opposed to every other president in the television era?  or ever?

The self-effacing rarely seek high office.


So very much this.  It's the people who are positive that they know what is better for you that seek positions of power.

Think about that.
 
2013-08-28 09:17:24 AM  

FullMetalPanda: So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.


No this is even more incompetent and less by the books.
 
2013-08-28 09:17:44 AM  

FlashHarry: just curious - if this is a "false flag" operation, what does obama have to gain by it? military intervention in syria is less popular than congress right now. plus it will be expensive. plus it will divert attention from the implementation of obamacare, which really needs to go as smoothly as possible for obama to secure his legacy.



If it was a false flag operation it was probably conducted by the rebels and not the US or any other foreign power. The rebels are losing according to the accounts I've seen so goading someone into attacking the Assad government might be something they would attempt.
 
2013-08-28 09:17:49 AM  

Esroc: FlashHarry: just curious - if this is a "false flag" operation, what does obama have to gain by it? military intervention in syria is less popular than congress right now. plus it will be expensive. plus it will divert attention from the implementation of obamacare, which really needs to go as smoothly as possible for obama to secure his legacy.

i just don't see any up side. if there were, obama would have engaged in syria long ago.

Follow the money. It's always about money.


Also, study it out.
 
2013-08-28 09:18:26 AM  

Neighborhood Watch: Infernalist: a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.


He's doing a pretty good job on his own.


Yeah look at him, eating crackers like he owns the place.
 
2013-08-28 09:18:30 AM  

violentsalvation: Right... Are we blaming Israel yet or are we blaming this "false flag" operation on ourselves?

If you don't want us to take part in their conflict then you can say it. I'll respect your opinion, I'm luke warm on the idea myself. But this headline is silly.


Without direct American or Israeli involvement, it's also plausible that any number of nations or organizations paid Syrian officers to do this for any number of reasons.

Likewise, it's plausible that the calls were placed in order to build a cover story.

What is implausible is that we know everything that's going on.

/ They feed the pilots carrots to improve their eyesight. We should all eat carrots to improve our eyesight.
 
2013-08-28 09:18:54 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: So basically the government has broken down and whoever controls these chemical weapons could use them or even possibly lose control of them at any moment?

Tell me why again we haven't turned any chemical installations we are aware of into ash again?


What do bombs cost these days? Like five bucks a pop?
 
2013-08-28 09:19:05 AM  

generallyso: Esroc: May we wipe ourselves off this planet, but leave nature intact.

You first.

PunGent: Be ironic if we get out into the universe, and discover it's even MORE poorly-run by other species...

Just as long as they don't write poetry...


I'd like to share with you an ode I wrote to a lump of putty I found in my armpit this morning...
 
2013-08-28 09:19:21 AM  

USP .45: FullMetalPanda: So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

No this is even more incompetent and less by the books.


Sounds like it. Definitely sounds like the Syrian army has some incompetent people, if this story is correct.

/or is that not what you meant?
 
2013-08-28 09:21:33 AM  

USP .45: FullMetalPanda: So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

No this is even more incompetent and less by the books.


it's retarded but the magnitude of retardation is no where near the level where you have 100K+ troops on the ground. They are going to shoot some missiles into syria which pretty much will do nothing except probably kill some either innocent people or people involved but at a low level.
 
2013-08-28 09:21:35 AM  

DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.

The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.

I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.


The President sets the tax rates?  And, did your TAX go up, or did your RATE go up?  Because...two different things.
Making more money than you did last year, and therefore paying more taxes?  Oh, the humanity...
 
2013-08-28 09:21:46 AM  

neversubmit: Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warships poised for missile strikes against Syria, and Iran threatening to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $US112 a barrel.

The Putin-Bandar meeting took place three weeks ago. Mr Putin was unmoved by the Saudi offer.

Or maybe not, looks like Putin wont be bribed.



China and Russia hate the USA more than they love money.  They can get money anywhere.
 
2013-08-28 09:22:34 AM  

Headso: USP .45: FullMetalPanda: So did Assad kill Obama's grandma or something because he seems to be the reincarnate of Bush on the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

No this is even more incompetent and less by the books.

it's retarded but the magnitude of retardation is no where near the level where you have 100K+ troops on the ground. They are going to shoot some missiles into syria which pretty much will do nothing except probably kill some either innocent people or people involved but at a low level.


I honestly cannot believe anyone is even trying to say that the rhetoric/discussion now is the same as or worse then the actual ground invasion of Iraq.
 
2013-08-28 09:23:28 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Carth: paulseta: Ah, the Middle East - where everyone is wrong, and everyone is armed.

An armed society is a polite society!

Heinlein never considered a society where people are willing to die for what they believe in. There are stronger motivations than self preservation and fear.



I can see by that statement that you've never read any Heinlein. Not even "Beyound This Horizon."
 
2013-08-28 09:23:53 AM  

liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.



If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.
 
2013-08-28 09:24:06 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: IdBeCrazyIf: So basically the government has broken down and whoever controls these chemical weapons could use them or even possibly lose control of them at any moment?

Tell me why again we haven't turned any chemical installations we are aware of into ash again?

What do bombs cost these days? Like five bucks a pop?


Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.
 
2013-08-28 09:24:13 AM  

ZzeusS: China and Russia hate the USA more than they love money.  They can get money anywhere.


Except that the US market is much larger than any other single market in the world. If they hated the US so much they wouldn't sell everything to us.
 
2013-08-28 09:25:07 AM  
"Hello, um Alan be praised!" *muffled whispers arguing*

"Allah be praised!"

"Say bro ... ther, we are going use those chemical weapons. Specially, [technical terms for chemical agents]."

"Yes, we are."
 
2013-08-28 09:25:13 AM  
So this morning on NPR they were talking about why the US needs to do something, the summary seemed to be "We need to do something because we said we'd do something and if we don't we'll lose credibility in the Middle East".

Think about that for a minute.

We might end up invading another country which presents no direct threat to the US, at the cost the lives of US servicemen, long term disability of US servicemen, billions/trillions of dollars and who knows how many civilian casualties, just so people know to take our threats seriously.
 
2013-08-28 09:25:32 AM  

PunGent: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.

The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.

I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.

The President sets the tax rates?  And, did your TAX go up, or did your RATE go up?  Because...two different things.
Making more money than you did last year, and therefore paying more taxes?  Oh, the humanity...


No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.
 
2013-08-28 09:27:14 AM  
Assad's commanders believe it was their own attack, but people here know better.
 
2013-08-28 09:27:24 AM  

This About That: log_jammin: This About That: pending invasion

never happen.

Let's hope not. The stock market thinks otherwise.


they're just pulling their money out of other things, they'll re-invest it in military contractors today. look for Raytheon and McDonnell-Douglas to get a bump
 
2013-08-28 09:27:50 AM  

DubtodaIll: PunGent: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.

The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.

I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.

The President sets the tax rates?  And, did your TAX go up, or did your RATE go up?  Because...two different things.
Making more money than you did last year, and therefore paying more taxes?  Oh, the humanity...

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.


State...or federal?
 
2013-08-28 09:28:15 AM  

PunGent: DubtodaIll: PunGent: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: but this situation is another example of how he makes a great speech and then does something else

What speech are you talking about and what do you want hiom to do?

I think the "redline" was stupid, but he hasn't "done something else".  You can't make that claim unless you are certain assad launched the chemical weapons.

I'd take the time to find a quote about him having the most transparent administration ever from his inauguration or something but it's too early in the morning.  Also drones, also NSA, also raising my taxes even though I'm lower middle class, also etc. etc. etc.

The drones and NSA I agree are wrong, however he didn't really have all the info when he was giving his innaguration speech.

You can't complain about the taxes with a straight face, or if you can you may want to take a look at how tax codes are created in the US.

I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.

The President sets the tax rates?  And, did your TAX go up, or did your RATE go up?  Because...two different things.
Making more money than you did last year, and therefore paying more taxes?  Oh, the humanity...

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

State...or federal?


federal
 
2013-08-28 09:28:17 AM  

Target Builder: So this morning on NPR they were talking about why the US needs to do something, the summary seemed to be "We need to do something because we said we'd do something and if we don't we'll lose credibility in the Middle East".

Think about that for a minute.

We might end up invading another country which presents no direct threat to the US, at the cost the lives of US servicemen, long term disability of US servicemen, billions/trillions of dollars and who knows how many civilian casualties, just so people know to take our threats seriously.


Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.
 
2013-08-28 09:28:31 AM  
DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.
 
2013-08-28 09:29:30 AM  

DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.


Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.

Compromise requires both sides to be willing to work together and you can't honestly say that the GOP is willing to compromise with the WH on anything.  They change their stances depending on what the President says or does.  There's an amusing youtube video out there that has Newt Gingrich demanding that the President do something to support those Freedom-loving Libyan rebels...and then, less than a day later, Gingrich is lambasting the President for supporting those AQ-linked Libyan rebels.

The President 'tried' to compromise for nearly the entirety of his first term and it got him nothing.  Now, he's working around the GOP and good on him for it.  They've done nothing with their time in office, other than make stupid symbolic gestures and basically shiat the bed.
 
2013-08-28 09:29:56 AM  

Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.


I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.
 
2013-08-28 09:30:08 AM  

Target Builder: So this morning on NPR they were talking about why the US needs to do something, the summary seemed to be "We need to do something because we said we'd do something and if we don't we'll lose credibility in the Middle East".

Think about that for a minute.

We might end up invading another country which presents no direct threat to the US, at the cost the lives of US servicemen, long term disability of US servicemen, billions/trillions of dollars and who knows how many civilian casualties, just so people know to take our threats seriously.


this

well... hopefully not. but yeah, it does sound like there are some people who would rather action was taken against syria even if it's the wrong thing to do, because that's better than admitting, 'my bad, shouldn't have said the red line thing'.

is saving face more important than doing the right thing?
 
2013-08-28 09:30:10 AM  

DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.


what? there was no income tax hike in 2012.  that's a lie.
 
2013-08-28 09:30:10 AM  
I am not claiming "false flag" and I am about as libby libtard Obama voter as you can find, but I am supporting military intervention in Syria. What has made me extra wary is the stuff I hear comming from the administration about justifying an attack. It sounds way too familiar. Even though I trust the Obama Administration way more than I trusted the GW Bush administration, I do not trust the Obama administration enough to give them a pass to attack on the reasoning they have produced thus far.

If Assad gassed his own people and you have the evidence, then bring up charges and try him at the ICC. Then you would have leverage on Russia and China as far as their security council veto power because then they would be protecting a convicted war criminal rather than a legitimate world leader.
 
2013-08-28 09:30:48 AM  

Infernalist: tirob: All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?

If I had to guess, I'd say:

c) Some lower ranking field officer made the horrible mistake of using CWs on his own volition.


That's highly unlikely. Or the Assad regime is packed full of morons.
 
2013-08-28 09:31:25 AM  

DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.


You might want to check with your payroll people then. Unless $180 equals about 2.5% of your income.
 
2013-08-28 09:32:24 AM  

Infernalist: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.

Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.

Compromise requires both sides to be willing to work together and you can't honestly say that the GOP is willing to compromise with the WH on anything.  They change their stances depending on what the President says or does.  There's an amusing youtube video out there that has Newt Gingrich demanding that the President do something to support those Freedom-loving Libyan rebels...and then, less than a day later, Gingrich is lambasting the President for supporting those AQ-linked Libyan rebels.

The President 'tried' to compromise for nearly the entirety of his first term and it got him nothing.  Now, he's working around the GOP and good on him for it.  They've done nothing with their time in office, other than make stupid symbolic gestures and basically shiat the bed.


Right, Newt Gingrinch was a super easy guy to get along with but somehow Slick Willy was able to get things done.
 
2013-08-28 09:32:54 AM  

vygramul: Assad's commanders believe it was their own attack, but people here know better.


Caveat emptor
 
2013-08-28 09:32:55 AM  

heavymetal: If Assad gassed his own people and you have the evidence, then bring up charges and try him at the ICC.


the US isn't even a state member of the ICC.
 
2013-08-28 09:34:29 AM  

DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.


The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.
 
2013-08-28 09:35:03 AM  

vygramul: Infernalist: tirob: All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?

If I had to guess, I'd say:

c) Some lower ranking field officer made the horrible mistake of using CWs on his own volition.

That's highly unlikely. Or the Assad regime is packed full of morons.


You say that as if that's an unlikely prospect.
 
2013-08-28 09:35:23 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.


The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.
 
2013-08-28 09:35:37 AM  

neversubmit: vygramul: Assad's commanders believe it was their own attack, but people here know better.

Caveat emptor


That applies even more to people who buy the false-flag narrative pushed by people with a financial interest in getting page clicks from those who find conspiracies entertaining.
 
2013-08-28 09:35:53 AM  

Hobodeluxe: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up.

what? there was no income tax hike in 2012.  that's a lie.


Maybe his income was increased due to his record level of bootstrap sales and he owed more taxes.
 
2013-08-28 09:36:00 AM  

DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.

Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.

Compromise requires both sides to be willing to work together and you can't honestly say that the GOP is willing to compromise with the WH on anything.  They change their stances depending on what the President says or does.  There's an amusing youtube video out there that has Newt Gingrich demanding that the President do something to support those Freedom-loving Libyan rebels...and then, less than a day later, Gingrich is lambasting the President for supporting those AQ-linked Libyan rebels.

The President 'tried' to compromise for nearly the entirety of his first term and it got him nothing.  Now, he's working around the GOP and good on him for it.  They've done nothing with their time in office, other than make stupid symbolic gestures and basically shiat the bed.

Right, Newt Gingrinch was a super easy guy to get along with but somehow Slick Willy was able to get things done.


I can't even decipher what you said there.  Try again.
 
2013-08-28 09:36:29 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: What do bombs cost these days? Like five bucks a pop?


I'd even be willing to pay an extra 5 cents on my paycheck to replace the couple hundred or so cruise missiles it might take to turn any of these sites into something that resembles a Martian landscape.

Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.


I'm pretty sure a cruise missile with the correct warhead could do it just fine. It does require specialized equipment to disperse the stuff anyway. Remember that sarin attack in Japan, it ended up basically pooling and was easily cleaned up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJi2K8mKTRM

Yeah, pretty sure that would do it
 
2013-08-28 09:37:13 AM  

Target Builder: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.


Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.
 
2013-08-28 09:37:17 AM  

Infernalist: vygramul: Infernalist: tirob: All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?

If I had to guess, I'd say:

c) Some lower ranking field officer made the horrible mistake of using CWs on his own volition.

That's highly unlikely. Or the Assad regime is packed full of morons.

You say that as if that's an unlikely prospect.


Long-term dictators don't tend to make the fundamental mistake of putting the authority of using regime-changing WMDs in the hands of lower-level field officers.
 
2013-08-28 09:37:41 AM  

Tatterdemalian: So in these phone calls, where the Syrian army isn't expecting anyone to listen to and presumably speaking candidly, show that they never authorized any chemical attacks, didn't expect their chemical weapons division to carry any out without said authorization, and were told by the chem division that they actually didn't carry out any such attacks.

This sort of thing makes it seem more like the rebels are carrying out chem attacks on themselves to manipulate the world into defending them, not less. Unless it's some sort of double bluff carried out in anticipation that US intel would tap that phone call, which, even after the whole NSA scandal, really isn't that likely when people are fighting for their lives.


This.

When the leadership's reaction is "wtf is going on" I don't call that "proof" that they were behind it.
 
2013-08-28 09:37:50 AM  

vygramul: That's highly unlikely. Or the Assad regime is packed full of morons.


Given the actions up to this point, I figured this was a given
 
2013-08-28 09:38:53 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

You might want to check with your payroll people then. Unless $180 equals about 2.5% of your income.


Someone may also want to mention the tax withholding is NOT the same was the taxes you will pay at the end of the year.  Review your W4, it is entirely possible you payroll depart screwed up, is staffed by idiots, or both.
 
2013-08-28 09:39:06 AM  

Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.


Which means a full invasion
 
2013-08-28 09:39:16 AM  

Infernalist: DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.

Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.

Compromise requires both sides to be willing to work together and you can't honestly say that the GOP is willing to compromise with the WH on anything.  They change their stances depending on what the President says or does.  There's an amusing youtube video out there that has Newt Gingrich demanding that the President do something to support those Freedom-loving Libyan rebels...and then, less than a day later, Gingrich is lambasting the President for supporting those AQ-linked Libyan rebels.

The President 'tried' to compromise for nearly the entirety of his first term and it got him nothing.  Now, he's working around the GOP and good on him for it.  They've done nothing with their time in office, other than make stupid symbolic gestures and basically shiat the bed.

Right, Newt Gingrinch was a super easy guy to get along with but somehow Slick Willy was able to get things done.

I can't even decipher what you said there.  Try again.


You may want to look up who was the Speaker of the House during Clinton's Administration.  Obama only has Boehner to deal with and he still can't beat him.
 
2013-08-28 09:39:25 AM  
cameroncrazy1984:

Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

True, and at present the discussion is to just do some symbolic and purposefully ineffective bombing of a country that presents no direct threat to the US, mainly to make sure people take threats seriously. Which even aside from the potential to lead into an escalating spiral of events is still a stupid idea.
 
2013-08-28 09:39:49 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Would the Taliban/AlQaeda/Islamo-psychos gas their own people to bait the US into expanding the conflict?

I think yes.


It's play #6 in the AQ playbook. Study it out.
 
2013-08-28 09:39:54 AM  

DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.

Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.


Wait - he briefly lowered them, and that counts as raising them?
 
2013-08-28 09:40:15 AM  

Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.


"For no reason"? If they're targeted strikes then we're going after some of their military facilities that were involved in the attack (if it's proven that this was military). How is that without reason?
 
2013-08-28 09:40:15 AM  

Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.


....and hopefully no Russians or Chinese... of course, the Iranians will launch against Israel before the fires are out in Syria. All because no one knows for sure what actually happened, but SOMETHING has to be done. and that SOMETHING is OBVIOUSLY bombing and shooting... I hope none of you Farkers got kids in the draft age range...

Tell me again how the whole Peace Prize thing works again?
 
2013-08-28 09:40:50 AM  

vygramul: Infernalist: vygramul: Infernalist: tirob: All right, *now* I'm confused.

Is this a case of:

a)  A Syrian army officer, outwardly an Assad loyalist but secretly sympathetic to the rebels, who ordered his troops to use chemical weapons in an attempt to discredit the government and possibly provoke a US intervention?

or

b) The Syrian Ministry of defense, surmising that the CIA/NSA was listening in on the line, trying to present this whole episode as a command screwup, rather than as an act ordered from the top, in an attempt to evade responsibility for the chemical attack and possibly prevent a US intervention?

or

c) Something else?

If I had to guess, I'd say:

c) Some lower ranking field officer made the horrible mistake of using CWs on his own volition.

That's highly unlikely. Or the Assad regime is packed full of morons.

You say that as if that's an unlikely prospect.

Long-term dictators don't tend to make the fundamental mistake of putting the authority of using regime-changing WMDs in the hands of lower-level field officers.


The calls indicate otherwise.  As has been noted in the past, the US has straight up LOST nuclear weapons in past.  And that was without the pressure of a violent civilian insurrection to stress things up.

The possibility of CWs being used by mistake by some lower level flunkies is entirely possible and even probable, as it would allow both sides to right at the same time.
 
2013-08-28 09:41:01 AM  

DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.


A) Your FICA tax didn't go up and B) He never said they wouldn't go up if you made more money, you dumbass.
 
2013-08-28 09:41:09 AM  

Elegy: pnome: Yeah, let's just stand back and let all the evil shiatheads of the world gas people.  We have public school teachers who need raises.

Pretty much. The world is a pretty big place, and I fail to see why we have a vested interest in stopping the two sides of this conflict - both of which are filled with evil shiatheads - from offing each other.

Stand down the military, give the teachers a raise. Sounds like a plan to me.


Your plan sounds wonderful, if it was only the evil shaitheads offing each other.  Somehow I don't think all those kids in body bags we saw last week were evil.  Nerve gas doesn't discriminate.
 
2013-08-28 09:41:22 AM  

heavymetal: Even though I trust the Obama Administration way more than I trusted the GW Bush administration


You really really shouldn't. Like Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said, "Obama is carrying out Bush's fourth term."
 
2013-08-28 09:41:48 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

A) Your FICA tax didn't go up and B) He never said they wouldn't go up if you made more money, you dumbass.


I'm not making more money...I'm taking home less.
 
2013-08-28 09:42:02 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.

Which means a full invasion


By whom?  Not us.  Let the Arab League supply the troops.  Or Turkey.  Or Russia.
 
2013-08-28 09:42:22 AM  

Target Builder: True, and at present the discussion is to just do some symbolic and purposefully ineffective


[citation needed]

Or did you think the Libya bombings were ineffective as well?
 
2013-08-28 09:42:53 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.

Which means a full invasion


It'd be nice if we could have people put money where their mouths are. Where's intrade when you need it? It was nice to have a place where bullshiat walked.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:07 AM  

DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: Infernalist: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.

Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.

Compromise requires both sides to be willing to work together and you can't honestly say that the GOP is willing to compromise with the WH on anything.  They change their stances depending on what the President says or does.  There's an amusing youtube video out there that has Newt Gingrich demanding that the President do something to support those Freedom-loving Libyan rebels...and then, less than a day later, Gingrich is lambasting the President for supporting those AQ-linked Libyan rebels.

The President 'tried' to compromise for nearly the entirety of his first term and it got him nothing.  Now, he's working around the GOP and good on him for it.  They've done nothing with their time in office, other than make stupid symbolic gestures and basically shiat the bed.

Right, Newt Gingrinch was a super easy guy to get along with but somehow Slick Willy was able to get things done.

I can't even decipher what you said there.  Try again.

You may want to look up who was the Speaker of the House during Clinton's Adminis ...


There's no 'beating' Boehner, no matter how much you might want to see Obama beating him.  Compromise requires both sides to work together.  Since the GOP won't do it, I'm happy to see the WH working around them and without them.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:10 AM  

DubtodaIll: cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

A) Your FICA tax didn't go up and B) He never said they wouldn't go up if you made more money, you dumbass.

I'm not making more money...I'm taking home less.


Then check on your W4, because unless you're making $400k a year, your taxes didn't go up.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:17 AM  

DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.


Clinton's compromise was what largely led to the financial breakdown we are getting out of.

Clinton was also not dealing teatards who have painted him as the antichrist.

For you to think the two situations are close show incredable ignorance of the climate in congress.
 
2013-08-28 09:43:46 AM  

vygramul: Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.

Which means a full invasion

It'd be nice if we could have people put money where their mouths are. Where's intrade when you need it? It was nice to have a place where bullshiat walked.


This would be a good prop bet. I'd take the opposite.
 
2013-08-28 09:44:17 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

A) Your FICA tax didn't go up and B) He never said they wouldn't go up if you made more money, you dumbass.

I'm not making more money...I'm taking home less.

Then check on your W4, because unless you're making $400k a year, your taxes didn't go up.


Why are you so sure of that?  and Duck Fuke.
 
2013-08-28 09:44:18 AM  

BostonEMT: Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.

....and hopefully no Russians or Chinese... of course, the Iranians will launch against Israel before the fires are out in Syria. All because no one knows for sure what actually happened, but SOMETHING has to be done. and that SOMETHING is OBVIOUSLY bombing and shooting... I hope none of you Farkers got kids in the draft age range...

Tell me again how the whole Peace Prize thing works again?


Apparently, the Peace Prize requires allowing chemical weapons attacks.
 
2013-08-28 09:45:16 AM  

vygramul: neversubmit: vygramul: Assad's commanders believe it was their own attack, but people here know better.

Caveat emptor

That applies even more to people who buy the false-flag narrative pushed by people with a financial interest in getting page clicks from those who find conspiracies entertaining.


As apposed to people with a financial interest in making war?

Like the New York Times that put the launch area inside rebel controlled land.
 
2013-08-28 09:45:34 AM  

DubtodaIll: cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: cameroncrazy1984: DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

A) Your FICA tax didn't go up and B) He never said they wouldn't go up if you made more money, you dumbass.

I'm not making more money...I'm taking home less.

Then check on your W4, because unless you're making $400k a year, your taxes didn't go up.

Why are you so sure of that?  and Duck Fuke.


Because I understand the US tax code and I have an entire family full of IRS enrolled agents.
 
2013-08-28 09:45:45 AM  

generallyso: heavymetal: Even though I trust the Obama Administration way more than I trusted the GW Bush administration

You really really shouldn't. Like Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said, "Obama is carrying out Bush's fourth term."


If Ari Fleischer told me the sky was blue, I'd have to go outside and check.  The man was Bush's PR guy forever and a day and a consummate sociopathic liar.
 
2013-08-28 09:45:49 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.

"For no reason"? If they're targeted strikes then we're going after some of their military facilities that were involved in the attack (if it's proven that this was military). How is that without reason?


they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians. The fakeness of the whole thing is why it is so morally wrong, this is nothing but theater but one where people will be killed.
 
2013-08-28 09:46:07 AM  

Infernalist: There's no 'beating' Boehner, no matter how much you might want to see Obama beating him. Compromise requires both sides to work together. Since the GOP won't do it, I'm happy to see the WH working around them and without them


This.

A fair amoun of Boehner's side wnats to boot him out for talking to Obama.

For fark's sake the healthcare plan that we have no has roots in Newt's is some of Newt's plans.  To pretend there is the same kind of right wing crazy in the House now is bananas.
 
2013-08-28 09:46:07 AM  

Infernalist: Well, to be honest, if Obama came out in favor of breathing, some people would suffocate themselves as a result.


Which is why conservatives sounds like a bunch of terrorists today when they spin Clinton's attack on chemical weapons facilities as bombing a baby milk factory.

I find all this to be another example of why we should have a draft: too many people casually committing to the horror of war who know nothing of it or its cost.

And finally, how we gonna pay for it?
 
2013-08-28 09:46:52 AM  

DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.

Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.


Tax withholding from your pay check is not the same as what you owe at the end of the year.  Do you usually get a refund from giving the Federal Government a free loan for the year?  Is so, change your farking W4 so you are withholding so much.  Of course if you can't budget and pay your taxes come April 15, then you may want to keep the extra coming out so you get a that fun check from the Feds when you file.

Now if you want to be taken seriously, tell us the number of dependents you file with and your approximate income from the last year and what you expect for this year.  It is farking dead simple to look up the tax rates for each to see where you fall and if you taxes did really go up $4,860 ($180*26-- assuming biweekly).
 
2013-08-28 09:47:24 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: "For no reason"? If they're targeted strikes then we're going after some of their military facilities that were involved in the attack (if it's proven that this was military). How is that without reason?


The 'reason' we'd be making the strikes is because we said we would. The sites that launched the strikes are probably going to be targeted because, hey, the bombs have to land somewhere. The discussion I've seen has also suggested that they are going to try to target the strikes in a way that won't really tip the balance of the civil war - so it's not really even to contribute to ousting Assad, it's just to slap him around the face a bit.
 
2013-08-28 09:47:24 AM  

Infernalist: By whom?  Not us.  Let the Arab League supply the troops.  Or Turkey.  Or Russia.


That's my point, we shouldn't even spend money on bombs for this bullsh*t.

The only way to fully stop chemical attacks is a full on invasion. Either sh*t or get off the pot that doesn't even want us there
 
2013-08-28 09:47:29 AM  

Headso: they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians.


"Could easily" and "would"

I think you're just making up things to be mad about at this point.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:12 AM  

Target Builder: The 'reason' we'd be making the strikes is because we said we would because Syria used chemical weapons on their own people.


Just so we're clear on the reason we said we would.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:21 AM  

wingnut396: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.

Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

Tax withholding from your pay check is not the same as what you owe at the end of the year.  Do you usually get a refund from giving the Federal Government a free loan for the year?  Is so, change your farking W4 so you are withholding so much.  Of course if you can't budget and pay your taxes come April 15, then you may want to keep the extra coming out so you get a that fun check from the Feds when you file.

Now if you want to be taken seriously, tell us the number of dependents you file with and your approximate income from the last year and what you expect for this year.  It is farking dead simple to look up the tax rates for each to see where you fall and if you taxes did really go up $4,860 ($180*26-- assuming biweekly).


You people are arguing with a paid shill.   I hope you all realize that.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:28 AM  
Manufactured Syrian war scare pushed NSA off the front page.

So that happen, which is nice for them.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:33 AM  

LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.


Infernalist: cameroncrazy1984: My favorite thing about these threads is all the same people comparing Syria to Iraq were comparing Libya to Iraq a couple years ago. And they're saying it without a single sense of irony.

a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.


Obama is the REAL victim in all of this.
 
2013-08-28 09:50:13 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: By whom?  Not us.  Let the Arab League supply the troops.  Or Turkey.  Or Russia.

That's my point, we shouldn't even spend money on bombs for this bullsh*t.

The only way to fully stop chemical attacks is a full on invasion. Either sh*t or get off the pot that doesn't even want us there


I'd be in favor of an air campaign IF we had a nation willing to supply the occupation troops to back up the rebels and ensure that a non-insane government takes control after Assad's departure.

The Libyan rebels didn't require occupation troops, officially, but they got lots of neighborly help from the Arab League nations.  The same thing is needed here.
 
2013-08-28 09:50:19 AM  

Infernalist:

The calls indicate otherwise.  As has been noted in the past, the US has straight up LOST nuclear weapons in past.  And that was without the pressure of a violent civilian insurrection to stress things up.


We're not a dictatorship and even our military's culture is one of civilian control. That makes a difference.

The possibility of CWs being used by mistake by some lower level flunkies is entirely possible and even probable, as it would allow both sides to right at the same time.

No, weapons like that simply do not get released to the flunkies without intending to use them.
 
2013-08-28 09:50:24 AM  
So the Syrian Defense Ministry is on tape basically asking who the fark authorized or who the fark launched those WMDs.......but the article doesn't say what the CW units response was....it could have been "I don't know".

The CW units response is the important part of the conversation......

It's almost like the Zimmerman threads....yes Zimmemran shot Martin, and people wanted to leave out the important part of the scenario, ie...that Martin was on top of Zimmerman bashing his head against the concrete when he was shot.
 
2013-08-28 09:50:50 AM  
Infernalist: You people are arguing with a paid shill.   I hope you all realize that.

And it's off topic if only this thread was moderated, if only...
 
2013-08-28 09:51:09 AM  

Infernalist: You people are arguing with a paid shill.   I hope you all realize tha


Well, we need somebody to pay the taxes so I can sit around all in my Section 8 housing with posting on Fark with my Obama phone and eating government cheese!
 
2013-08-28 09:51:16 AM  

Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Invasion isn't the only "something" on the list, and the last time we did this it ended up with NATO airstrikes and nothing else.

The way it sounded they were not even talking about a sustained thing like serbia it's going to be a limited strike with cruise missiles and they have been talking about it for days now so everyone knows it is coming. It's like military theater a meaningless show because they know they have to "do something", there's something morally reprehensible about it and it will kill people for no reason but not Americans.


Even worse:  Since it's been talked about endlessly, the Syrians know it's coming, and they will take extraordinary measures to try and mitigate the effects.  They will move their assets, perhaps even continuously.  There is a certain irreduceable amount of time from observing something, noting its location, transmitting that information to the platforms tasked with firing at them, and of course the flight time of the missiles in question from launch to impact.

If it takes 2 hours for that entire loop (which seems awfully fast to me for a decision that must be made in the Pentagon), you could mitigate that by moving your chemical weapon assets on a rotating schedule every few hours.

Also, since it's largely a given that the attack will take place at night, both to prevent spotters from seeing the missiles and reporting them and to minimize civilian casualties, moving the assets at dusk every day will provide a large amount of protection.

The other thing to consider is that a large number of the CW assets the Assad regime are indistinguishable from the air, and they are very resistant to attack.   An artillery shell loaded with sarin looks the same as one loaded with high explosives from any possible surveillance asset we might have.
 
2013-08-28 09:51:24 AM  

muck4doo: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

Infernalist: cameroncrazy1984: My favorite thing about these threads is all the same people comparing Syria to Iraq were comparing Libya to Iraq a couple years ago. And they're saying it without a single sense of irony.

a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.

Obama is the REAL victim in all of this.


Because god forbid we wait a minute and see what he does before we tell him he did it wrong.
 
2013-08-28 09:51:35 AM  

Infernalist: I'd be in favor of an air campaign IF we had a nation willing to supply the occupation troops to back up the rebels and ensure that a non-insane government takes control after Assad's departure.

The Libyan rebels didn't require occupation troops, officially, but they got lots of neighborly help from the Arab League nations.  The same thing is needed here.


Why!?!?! We shouldn't have even been in Libya. WHO THE F*CK IS PAYING FOR THIS???
 
2013-08-28 09:51:40 AM  

DubtodaIll: Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up. It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.


Dude. A temporary 2% cut on payroll tax expired. He didn't raise the income tax at all.  What part of that are you having trouble understanding?
 
2013-08-28 09:52:01 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Headso: they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians.

"Could easily" and "would"

I think you're just making up things to be mad about at this point.


you honestly believe this is going to be a meaningful military strike?
 
2013-08-28 09:52:26 AM  

liam76: DubtodaIll: liam76: DubtodaIll: I heard him say over and over again "if you're lower or middle classes, your taxes will not go up" and bam, 2012 comes around and my taxes go up

How much do youthink they would have gone up if he allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire completely (his only ohter option)?

Much more.


If you think leading is just choosing too bad options well then they've got you in their pocket.  A good leader is able to come up with his own ideas and gets them done.  Clinton, for example, was a great leader.  He was able to execute his policies, was able to reach beneficial compromises for both sides of the aisle and the nation thrived because of his ability to lead.  Anyway, I don't think either of us is going to change either's mind about whether or not Obama has been a good POTUS or not.

Clinton's compromise was what largely led to the financial breakdown we are getting out of.

Clinton was also not dealing teatards who have painted him as the antichrist.

For you to think the two situations are close show incredable ignorance of the climate in congress.


You're right in that's it's incredibly hard to deal with a party whose primary role is to stop all new taxes.  That does put a damper on things if what you want to do requires you spend more money you don't have.  Perhaps you could take a different tact, like rooting out corruption and waste that would save billions, which coincidentally is part of the platform he ran on to get elected with him being a "Washington Outsider" and all.
 
2013-08-28 09:52:51 AM  

FLMountainMan: For the love of God, stay the fark out of Syria.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," Obama in 2008.

lol.


Joe Biden stated he'd impeach Bush if he attacked Iran without Congressional approval.  But, yeah, its okay when my team does it.
 
2013-08-28 09:52:51 AM  

neversubmit: Manufactured Syrian war scare pushed NSA off the front page.

So that happen, which is nice for them.


IT'S A CONSPIRACYYYYY
 
2013-08-28 09:53:17 AM  

edmo: And finally, how we gonna pay for it?


We gonna be out of office by then, living in very secure gated communities. Deal with it, peasant.
 
2013-08-28 09:53:47 AM  

Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Headso: they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians.

"Could easily" and "would"

I think you're just making up things to be mad about at this point.

you honestly believe this is going to be a meaningful military strike?


I think you've watched too much West Wing.
 
2013-08-28 09:53:56 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: I'd be in favor of an air campaign IF we had a nation willing to supply the occupation troops to back up the rebels and ensure that a non-insane government takes control after Assad's departure.

The Libyan rebels didn't require occupation troops, officially, but they got lots of neighborly help from the Arab League nations.  The same thing is needed here.

Why!?!?! We shouldn't have even been in Libya. WHO THE F*CK IS PAYING FOR THIS???


just think of it as corporate welfare for the job creators over at McDonnell- Douglass and Raytheon. Something the GOP loves and supports.
 
2013-08-28 09:54:28 AM  

Infernalist: Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: Bombing those weapons would just create toxic clouds that would kill indiscriminately depends on how the wind is blowing.

Destroying CWs safely requires a specific procedure with specific equipment that basically revolves around incinerating them in a factory where they have no chance of releasing their toxins into the environment.

Which means a full invasion

By whom?  Not us.  Let the Arab League supply the troops.  Or Turkey.  Or Russia.


Russia is already there, securing the CW stockpiles. If the Syrian Gov't DID do it, then the Russians are complicit in the crime.

Interesting site with Al'KayDuh vids. Seems to point to the "rebels" that launched it... At this point, its just as reliable and believable as anything from the US or Israel...
 
2013-08-28 09:55:02 AM  

neversubmit: vygramul: neversubmit: vygramul: Assad's commanders believe it was their own attack, but people here know better.

Caveat emptor

That applies even more to people who buy the false-flag narrative pushed by people with a financial interest in getting page clicks from those who find conspiracies entertaining.

As apposed to people with a financial interest in making war?

Like the New York Times that put the launch area inside rebel controlled land.


There's already a war and the media makes plenty of money hand-wringing over how we're not doing anything about it. And the media can't be expected to label countries properly. Is it a surprise they can't find what is where? (Assuming they got it wrong, of course.)
 
2013-08-28 09:55:15 AM  
It's never a good thing to wake up to Alex Jones' wet dream.
 
2013-08-28 09:55:42 AM  

neversubmit: Manufactured Syrian war scare pushed NSA off the front page.

So that happen, which is nice for them.


MIley Cyrus acting like a skank pushed the NSA off the front page. News articles about what happened on in Syria came as a welcome relief.
 
2013-08-28 09:56:09 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Headso: they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians.

"Could easily" and "would"

I think you're just making up things to be mad about at this point.

you honestly believe this is going to be a meaningful military strike?

I think you've watched too much West Wing.


ok whatever that means, but do you believe this is going to be a meaningful action is it worth doing?
 
2013-08-28 09:56:16 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: neversubmit: Manufactured Syrian war scare pushed NSA off the front page.

So that happen, which is nice for them.

IT'S A CONSPIRACYYYYY


the same way 9/11 pushed Bush's economic woes off the front page.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

:)
 
2013-08-28 09:57:23 AM  

Hobodeluxe: Tat'dGreaser: Infernalist: I'd be in favor of an air campaign IF we had a nation willing to supply the occupation troops to back up the rebels and ensure that a non-insane government takes control after Assad's departure.

The Libyan rebels didn't require occupation troops, officially, but they got lots of neighborly help from the Arab League nations.  The same thing is needed here.

Why!?!?! We shouldn't have even been in Libya. WHO THE F*CK IS PAYING FOR THIS???

just think of it as corporate welfare for the job creators over at McDonnell- Douglass and Raytheon. Something the GOP loves and supports.


So do the democrats on Fark who were complaining about the sequester affecting their government defense contracts.
 
2013-08-28 09:57:36 AM  

Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Headso: cameroncrazy1984: Headso: they've been talking about it for days now, why would anyone be at those facilities that matters and collateral damage is a thing, one of those missiles could easily kill civilians.

"Could easily" and "would"

I think you're just making up things to be mad about at this point.

you honestly believe this is going to be a meaningful military strike?

I think you've watched too much West Wing.

ok whatever that means, but do you believe this is going to be a meaningful action is it worth doing?


It means that you have a TV-fantasy view of the way the US government works. And yes, I also believe in proper punctuation.
 
2013-08-28 09:57:44 AM  

LasersHurt: muck4doo: LasersHurt: I love how people are pre-emptively so pissed at the war Obama's gotten us into. Soon. Will have gotten us into. Definitely. This is the same as Iraq. Or will have been.

Infernalist: cameroncrazy1984: My favorite thing about these threads is all the same people comparing Syria to Iraq were comparing Libya to Iraq a couple years ago. And they're saying it without a single sense of irony.

a lot of people are absolutely determined for Obama to have his own version of Iraq.  And Katrina.  And 911.

Obama is the REAL victim in all of this.

Because god forbid we wait a minute and see what he does before we tell him he did it wrong.


People are discussing what he's done so far, but your grave concern for his political reputation foremost in all of this is greatly appreciated by all involved.
 
2013-08-28 09:57:56 AM  

Infernalist: wingnut396: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll: Target Builder: DubtodaIll:

No I'm hardly making any more money than I have been.  I haven't changed tax brackets, but the taxes coming out of my paycheck went up about 180 bucks on the same pay rate.

Unless you're talking about the expiration of the very temporary Payroll Tax cut you should probably speak to your accountant about that.

I can't afford an accountant.  And it was the Medicare/Medicade mostly and some from the payroll.

The extra income tax could only have been due to the additional tax on the small pay rise you mention. The medicare/medicaid is due to the expiration of the temporary payroll tax break that started in 2011 and ended in 2012 and the small amount of extra income you mention.

No other federal income taxes have changed for you.

Right, and I was told by my President that none of them would go up.  It's not like I'm surprised, but I don't see why you're trying to convince me the President is a man of his word when even his rhetoric turns out to be bull.

Tax withholding from your pay check is not the same as what you owe at the end of the year.  Do you usually get a refund from giving the Federal Government a free loan for the year?  Is so, change your farking W4 so you are withholding so much.  Of course if you can't budget and pay your taxes come April 15, then you may want to keep the extra coming out so you get a that fun check from the Feds when you file.

Now if you want to be taken seriously, tell us the number of dependents you file with and your approximate income from the last year and what you expect for this year.  It is farking dead simple to look up the tax rates for each to see where you fall and if you taxes did really go up $4,860 ($180*26-- assuming biweekly).

You people are arguing with a paid shill.   I hope you all realize that.


Not necessarily. I have an uncle who makes Teahadists look like Eugene Debs, and he complained in April 2009 how Obama made his taxes go up over his tax bill the previous April.
 
2013-08-28 09:58:02 AM  
repeat from similar threadarticle from asiantimes
http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-270813.html

.........The importance of this report cannot be overstated enough. It was initially leaked to Lebanon's Al-Safir newspaper. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2013/08/saudi-russia-putin-ba ndar-meeting-syria-egypt.html">Here's Bandar's whole strategy, unveiled in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, already reported by Asia Times Online. After trying - for four hours - to convince Putin to drop Syria, Bandar is adamant: ''There is no escape from the military option.''

it will be war, so set back and enjoy the enevitable