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Crossing Red Lines: Bye Bye “Controlled Collapse” DC Notion/Neo-Liberal Cons Can Rejoice

The Neo-Liberal Cons are on the verge of getting the massive war they always wanted with “evil.” Mike Young must be very excited at this point…… and David Schenker, Eliot Abrams etc etc.

The point since the beginning of the Syria crisis was that if the regime and the Resistance Axis were pushed in the direction of confrontation (i.e. the strategy which the stupid, barbaric syrian regime used from DAY ONE), at some point it would become impossible to control the contingencies, that those who want a massive war on all sides could increasingly have it with little extra effort and that the push back would be significant at some point.

Now obama is in quite a pickle – will he start the big war? Assad has very very intelligently called his bluff at a moment of tactical strength (it seems on the outside) and strategic weakness.

Can he lure the US into a confrontation and therefore split up and expand the circle of violence and pain, ending the fact that he is essentially the ONLY one really, widely fighting SO MANY ENEMIES?

I wrote about this here in 2011 and 2012:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/opinion/in-syria-we-need-to-bargain-with-the-devil.html?pagewanted=1

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-hezbollah-apocalypse-5581

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-noe/a-third-way-on-syria-is-possible_b_868383.html

NOW THIS:

WASHINGTON – The White House said on Thursday that American intelligence agencies now assess, with “varying degrees of confidence,” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, but it said it needed conclusive proof before President Obama would take action.
The disclosure, in letters to Congressional leaders, takes the administration a step closer to acknowledging that President Bashar al-Assad has crossed a red line established by Mr. Obama last summer, when he said the United States would take unspecific action against Syria if there was evidence that chemical weapons had been used.
The White House emphasized that, “given the stakes involved,” the United States still needed “credible and corroborated facts” before deciding on a course of action. The letter, signed by the president’s director of legislative affairs, Miguel E. Rodriguez, said the United States was pressing for a “comprehensive United Nations investigation that can credibly evaluate the evidence and establish what happened.

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

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