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(CBS News)   Hillary Clinton: The US will take unspecified actions if Syria crosses the line and uses chemical weapons. Subby guesses we will just mark it a zero and call the league offices   ( cbsnews.com) divider line
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2012-12-03 12:26:00 PM  
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Remember this is the president who said he'd go into Pakistan to whack bin Laden if necessary even without their permission and did it.
I don't hink I'd piss this guy off. He's no Internet tough guy.
2012-12-03 01:33:23 PM  
2 votes:

theorellior: internut scholar: Don't bring chemicals to a nuke fight.

You know, if you think about it, if you have an area contaminated by chemical or biological agents, a nuke would probably be the best way to decontaminate it. The fallout might be a problem, but let's think out of the box, here.

OK, I'll bite. A pretty big problem would be getting a nuclear explosion small enough to decontaminate that area with minimal collateral damage to non-contaminated areas. Sure, there's some organic spreading of biological agents, but I think it's mostly localized not too far from the target area. Still, I would think that localized decontamination, whether it be ground-based or air-based (spraying something that kills/neutralizes the agent) would be a better solution than nuking the area, clearing the now highly radioactive debris, and waiting out the rest of the fallout ala Chernobyl.

ArkPanda: Look at it this way: chemical weapons are so nasty that neither Hitler nor Stalin wanted to go there.

Hitler may have never used them in open combat, but I think a couple million Jews expecting to get a shower might disagree with your assertion.
2012-12-03 03:32:50 PM  
1 vote:

whither_apophis: ArkPanda: Look at it this way: chemical weapons are so nasty that neither Hitler nor Stalin wanted to go there.

Well the Red Army was downwind of a million Germans eating cabbage three times a day...

When you're looking at Curtis LeMay across the Channel, and he's got several hundred bombers over occupied Europe at any given time, you don't give him an excuse to start mixing mustard gas in with the bombers' payloads.

Alternatively, if you've just spent a year and a half beating the Red Army back to within sight of Moscow, you don't give them an excuse to start shelling you with chlorine gas when they counterattack.

WMD are last resort weapons, because using them usually makes things worse for everybody, yourself included.
2012-12-03 03:19:24 PM  
1 vote:
Since those middle-easterners have trouble sometimes understanding what women say, allow me to translate:

"You're pretty insignificant to us at the moment. But if you do this bad thing you will get our attention in a bad way, and we will fark you up beyond recognition as a sovereign state."
2012-12-03 02:23:03 PM  
1 vote:
I am completely sure Hillary is capable handling Syria.

Because after all, in the past she.... umm.... you know... that time.... uhhh....

OK, what has this woman ever done? Besides marry a guy who porks fat interns afterwards?
2012-12-03 01:37:12 PM  
1 vote:
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Knows something about red lines.
2012-12-03 01:12:59 PM  
1 vote:
If they start using chemical weapons can't the US just take a step back and let one of the world powers handle it for once?
2012-12-03 12:31:09 PM  
1 vote:

CigaretteSmokingMan: Funny how it's still OK to kill people with bombs and bullets.

WMDs are a special case. Unless and until they her used, the World Police should keep their noses out. Syrians, and no on else, have the right to settle the matter of governance in Syria.
2012-12-03 12:11:50 PM  
1 vote:
Funny how it's still OK to kill people with bombs and bullets.
2012-12-03 12:11:38 PM  
1 vote:
So killing each other with bullets, fire, and bombs is still okay. Got it.
2012-12-03 11:49:10 AM  
1 vote:

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: And how do you know Iraq Syria has chemical weapons of mass destruction?

"Uh, we checked the receipts".

-Bill Hicks

Well, the Syrian stuff probably says "Product of USSR Best by 8/1/1978"
2012-12-03 11:38:11 AM  
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