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  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

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

  6. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 11 months ago

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

  7. mattro53

    mattro53 said, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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.

  13. Ken Warren

    Ken Warren said, 11 months 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.

  14. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Uncle Joe

    You are starting to see it. But let me add one little wrinkle. Assad has stated that there are many factions in which he has no control of. Which is a half truth. he might not have “control” but I bet he has supporters that are “rebels” who would love to have some of Saddam’s WMD’s. those “rebels” will not be bound by the agreement with Putin. And when they do whatever they do to those who might attack the port or border. Putin will look the other way because it will keep the money and port open. As long as they keep it away from him i bet Putin would not even care if support for rebels to attack Israel come into play. Why should he care?

  15. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Uncle Joe If Turkey & Jordan don’t want to act, we should have no role in Syria."

    I have been almost saying this from the start. The only reason Obama wants to go in there is that he has waved the red line in front of bulls. Now he wants to kill one of them, any of them to prove his self. Problem is ALL the bulls are willing to charge and none of them support Israel. So I have been saying either you go in and bomb any link to gas regardless of who has them. Do NOT lay down any more ultimatums, do not deal with Russia or what counts as “leadership” in Syria. Just go and take care of business right then and there. But that is the problem. You do not smack the dog a week after it pees and poops on you carpet. You do it right then and there or not at all. So the thought of bombing because they gassed is stupid! We still are not sure who gassed who. Kerry was shown to be a lair by Putin, then played a fool by Putin. Now Obama is for it but against it but only if it is small. They are for giving up what they don’t have or can not hide but only if we agree if Putin looks over them and we back down?
    So we should do nothing but tell them in no certain terms we do not care who bombs who. but if you use gas again, the next day no the next hour the place that used it will be dust. if we can not promise and deliver that, then we should just shut up and let the Radical kill the more radical and let Allah sort them out.

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