Hi HMJC: Whether we like it or not the US MUST take into consideration what China, Russia, Iran, and even Israel might do. As I commented to Sebe as you both are former military men, Command HAS to consider ALL contingencies for a strike on Syria. Syria along with Iran has said if the US strikes it will turn the Mideast into a firestorm. Does that mean rockets will rain down on Israel? Will Israel sit still if that happens? What will Turkey do?
However, I think the pieces are almost in place. As one engaged in a chess match and visualizes a Checkmate, so the US. will be when we hit Syria. With little or no loss of American life and Assad driven from power.
I really am reticent about even mentioning this cause its over and done and could politicize your blog. However, I distinctly recall Colin Powell telling George W. Bush who was seeking his advice regarding invading Iraq. Colin looked him directly in the eye and said in terms W. could understand, "Mr. President, just be aware that if you break it, you own it."
Thus trillions were spent anyway on an albeit evil dictator that was already in check with no fly zones and was a barrier to Islamic Fundamentalism. We never should have invaded Iraq. But W. had to hit SOMEBODY and since Al Quaeda was in the shadows, W. decided let's kick Saddams butt for having non existent WMD's and because "he tried to kill my daddy #41."
Anyway, stay tuned and maybe we will get some of those great missile videos of rockets slamming into Chemical Plants and Syrian Airfields and Jets.
Just having a bad hair day is all... and JM you are right, there is no way of truly predicting 100% what the fallout will be however, if Assad continues unabatted the potential for his cancer to spread is very possible
This is for my Conservative friends:
Considering yalls assessment that Obama moved too slowly on this one...Instead of calling the forthcoming strike Shock and Awe yall might want to call it Yawn and Shock.
One more thing for Tot aka Mr. Padrick.
Your mama so stupid she brushes her teeth with Preparation H in the hope it will close the gap between her two front teeth.
Those are soverign nations in the middle east.
We are not the world police.
The last military success was WWII.
We need to stay home and mind our own business.
Iraq has become glaring proof that you cannot bestow Democracy on tribal leaders in nations which have choosen to be tribal in their ways.