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Before taking on Syria, U.S. should heed lesson of the past [ CNN op-ed ]
CNN ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2012 | Kiron K. Skinner

Posted on 07/20/2012 12:07:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Between December 1983 and February 1984, U.S. battleships retaliated against combatants who had targeted the MNF. The USS New Jersey undertook a relentless counterattack against Syrian and Druze forces, shooting its 16-inch guns for the first time since the Vietnam War. By April, the entire MNF, which the United Kingdom had joined, had left Lebanon. The civil war continued until 1990. President Reagan supported Secretary of State George Shultz's arguments in favor of U.S. diplomacy and peacekeeping in Lebanon. But in Weinberger's view, Lebanon was the wrong fight for the United States. In a speech on November 28, 1984, he articulated his six principles for future U.S. military engagements.. The Reagan administration had approved Israel's invasion of Lebanon, and although initially welcomed by many Muslims in Lebanon the United States came to be seen as too pro-Israel, pro-Christian, and anti-Muslim. U.S. forces' unintentional shelling of civilians did not help matters. Furthermore, the re-entry of the MFN was not accompanied by a serious understanding of strategy, objectives and the relationship between them. So President Reagan decided to withdraw U.S. forces from what would likely become a major military quagmire for the United States, instead of a multinational peacekeeping operation. Before taking on Syria, U.S. should heed lesson of the past

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cnn; lebanon; presidentreagan; reagan; ronaldreagan; syria; waronterror
U.S. Marines search for victims in Beirut on October 31, 1983, eight days after an attack that killed 241 American soldiers.

Before taking on Syria, U.S. should heed lesson of the past

1 posted on 07/20/2012 12:07:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Quick, let’s equate Reagan with Obama!

I really am going to bed now, right after I throw up.


2 posted on 07/20/2012 12:09:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who the hell except the idiot McCain wants to “take on Syria”? Let them burn, kill each other off, and then contain them.


3 posted on 07/20/2012 12:17:44 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SunkenCiv
Syria - Assad sniper blown off a building
4 posted on 07/20/2012 1:31:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SunkenCiv
The lesson of the past the US should learn are those of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein. When taking out a dictator who possibly has chemical and biological WMD, one needs to commit thousands of troops, overwhelming material forces and to also make sure the dictator knows ahead of time that using the WMD would necessitate a WMD response. So far, Obama/Hillary has failed miserably in all those regards. And there is a reason they have failed miserably. They attacked GWB for handling the removal of Saddam the correct way. Yes handling the aftermath in Iraq after removing Saddam had major problems, but we are not even close to removing Assad yet. And by the looks of things, these idiots in DC have not even thought about how they would handle a post Assad-Syria. Let alone the thousands of real Chemical and Biological WMD components.

This is a failure of historic proportions. They have been using Islamic Insurgents to topple the regime of Assad. The best outcome from their plan is to have these same Islamic insurgents eventually control Assad's vast chemical and biological WMD components. Their plan is based on either sheer stupidity or sheer insanity. Take your choice.

5 posted on 07/20/2012 3:55:15 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: montag813

These “world crises” are just diversions from our domestic problems; I had a female co-worker, who is nearly seventy but can’t retire because she can’t sell her home (and can’t afford to stay in it on her retirement income), tell me she was worried about Iran. The strategy is working well for the Dems; this twit has problems much closer to home (literally) than some far-off issue which has no real effect on us. I’m not going to debate what is happening in the Muslim world; is there any question as to where this lady should be focusing her (limited) attention?


6 posted on 07/20/2012 4:27:09 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: SunkenCiv
Latest news.

Assad likely to unleash chemical weapons: U.K. military

Bashar Assad is highly likely to deploy chemical weapons as he faces an unprecedented threat to his rule, security sources warned last night.

British military intelligence chiefs told The Daily Telegraph there was a "high probability" of the Assad regime resorting to chemical agents following the assassination of three senior Syrian military figures in a bomb attack on Wednesday.

A source said that the killings amounted to a "red line crossed" for the regime and that a chemical attack could come "soon" as a result. "The threat is genuine," the source added.

7 posted on 07/20/2012 8:15:53 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh looky! There’s folks we’re engaged against that, for all intents and purposes, are part of them folks what have a desire to kill every single one of us here in the US!

Leave ‘em alone or it’ll be a quagmire! You know, like that Vietnam place, where we kicked the living shit out of the enemy and only lost because we ran away at the end!

Howard Zin, Noam Chomsky the cast and crew of Cornell’s South East Asian Studies Program, with the support and appreciation of CAIR, remnants of the PLO, Al Queda, every other jihadiscumist organization and the mullahs of the global caliphate join PBS and the DNC in approving of this message.


8 posted on 07/20/2012 1:48:28 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: montag813

“Who the hell except the idiot McCain wants to “take on Syria”? Let them burn, kill each other off, and then contain them.”

If the douchebags of CNN are so worried about the poor Syrians, why aren’t they in there providing us with 24/7 video coverage of the situation?

Just think what that’d do to popcorn stocks? I know I’d watch.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 1:51:46 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: justa-hairyape

Another lesson we should learn is that we’ve not had much luck at all with the whole “coalition” warfighting thing.

Time and way way way past time to cut long term alliance programs loose. Talking to you, NATO and the UN. Don’t pretend we don’t see you over there in the corner sucking up logistics and finances for zero good gain.


10 posted on 07/20/2012 1:56:31 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv

Lebanon was one of President Reagan’s few mistakes.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 7:20:24 AM PDT by dervish (ABO)
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To: dervish

It was a horrible mistake, and a horrible place to make it.


12 posted on 07/22/2012 8:09:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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