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August 28, 2013

President Daddy Issues Wants To Attack Syria In A Way That's "Just Muscular Enough Not To Get Mocked"?

You have got to be shitting me.

White House officials cautioned that Obama was still considering the options, but the administration appeared positioned to act quickly once he chooses a course. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to Brunei that the Pentagon was prepared to strike targets in Syria and hinted that such a move could come within days.

Some experts said U.S. warships and submarines in the eastern Mediterranean could fire cruise missiles at Syrian targets as early as Thursday night, beginning a campaign that could last two or three nights. Obama leaves next Tuesday for a four day trip to Sweden and Russia, which strongly supports Assad's government, for the G-20 economic summit.

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity "just muscular enough not to get mocked" but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

This is how we plan military action now?

We've already thrown acting in our national self-interest out the window, apparently for "Because the French and the UN want us to do it For the Children™. Or Something." and now we follow on by walking the tightrope of shutting down lèse-majesté on the one hand and not pissing off Iran or Russia on the other? I'd love to see the formula for the exact number of cruise missiles required to execute this plan.

Smart Diplomacy really is a sight to behold, isn't it?


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