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Ted Rall

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  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Ted, I get the point, but is this the reality? Bombing is a lousy option, but are there really people living next to Assad’s suspected chemical weapons sites?

    You generally work from actual facts, just wondering if you’ve researched this one.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    Russia has promised to supervise the complete destruction of all the Syrian chemical weapons if Obama promises not to strike as soon as they’re all gone. And Russia will support a chapter 7 resolution instead of vetoing it if the resolution promises no US military strikes against Syria.


    So the chemical weapons will all be gone when the US strikes Syria and makes sure the Sunni Islamists get total control of the country. And a chapter 7 resolution means the US will be following international law when it destroys the Syrian government, since a chapter 7 allows the use of force, even if it says it doesn’t.

  3. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If you think Putin gives a care about the bombing and the death by Allah, you are mistaken. Putin only jumped on the chance to make Obama look bad, not hard to do, but Putin only cares about the port that will not freeze over. He does not care if they kill each other. Putin does not care if the chemical weapons are used on each other just that they do not spread. So buddy in the strip, if you die you will be a causality of the radical vs the radical or more radical.

  4. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, over 1 year ago

    In fact, “putting civilians next to valid military targets” was used by Saddam Hussein during both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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    In the former, Hussein made it a point to place missile launchers, radar sites, and whatnot within close proximity to mosques, hospitals, schools, and other such facilities in the hopes that we’d be too afraid to hit his targets for fear of hitting the structures. (He underestimated how far our bombing and missile technologies had come, allowing us to make the strikes with far less damage than he anticipated).
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    In the latter, Hussein actually posted human shields in and around numerous targets – including a number of well-meaning but misinformed North American and European peaceniks – in the hope of making us think twice.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago

    Our cruise missile strikes are likely to be like political polling: Mostly random and inaccurate.

  6. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    America’s hardworking news pundits almost always get the wrong guest

  7. mattro53

    mattro53 said, over 1 year ago

    The next war, wherever it is, will be like almost all of the previous ones. The rich and powerful use those that are not rich and powerful to fight their battles and die their deaths. Don’t bother to point out that our military is all volunteer; the draft we have now is an economic draft.

  8. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Uncle Joe

    No one knows what targets Obama would go after, but we know from the Iraq and Libya precedents that garden-variety communications and military installations are often targeted in these operations. These are often located in densely populated urban areas (as they are in the United States), and as a result civilians are often killed in vast numbers.

    Of course, one could also ask whether it’s OK to kill Syrian soldiers. What did they do to us?

  9. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    The fact that Putin is motivated by realpolitik doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t agree with him on this issue.

  10. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mattro53

    This is true. Oh, the irony – the volunteer army was originally promoted as more representative of American society!

    Still, I would like to get the word out to 17-year-olds that joining the military is a terrible deal. And that it’s immoral.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ted Rall Ted,what do you propose we do, and precisely what is your easy solution? Could we send a package of resilient bed bugs to keep them busy itching.

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ted Rall

    I’d rather level economic and trade sanctions at Russia and Syria, but those require time to work. Myanmar took years to respond, and the changes had to take place within that country. I hope we can be that patient.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    If you think Putin gives a care about the bombing and the death by Allah, you are mistaken.

    Putin supports Assad because Syria has been a long time ally of the Russians, as well as a customer for their military hardware. The naval station in Tartus is indeed important, & if Assad goes Russia is likely to lose their only Mediterranean port.

    Putin sees the Syrian rebels as cohorts to the jihadists within Russia. He truly sees his support of Assad as fighting terrorism. Tweaking Obama was just a bonus.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ted Rall

    Of course, one could also ask whether it’s OK to kill Syrian soldiers. What did they do to us?

    To us? Nothing, but they are working for a pretty bad guy. I’ve said before that the only way we should get involved is backing up UN or Arab League peacekeepers. If Turkey & Jordan don’t want to act, we should have no role in Syria.

  15. Ken Warren

    Ken Warren said, over 1 year ago

    @Ted Rall
    It is great to know that you read the comments and take time to reply to them, but you may find, that as many of us have discovered, that getting in a discussion with a TROLL may be THE WORSE THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE!

    Thanks for the cartoons, and the well thought out comments.

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