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To: Pan_Yan

I don’t think we should be involved in Syria at all. The whole place is screwed up. We have two factions capable of using WMDs, and I think they’re both likely to have used them. We don’t know for sure.

There are times when you can garner good will by listening to others. Europe isn’t in our camp on this. The Middle-East is uneasy over it. Some want us in. Others do not.

Here is a chance to allow Russia to play the role of a major player. Let their MPs come here. Send five planes to go pick them up. Make a big summit out of it.

I consider this a chance to toss Russia a bone. It went from super status to no status. I think it misses being relevant. This is an opportunity to bring our two nations closer together. We should take advantage of it.

Let Russia look like it talked us out of it.

Russia and the United States should be close. We should become good allies. All it takes is a decision to do so, and we can start tossing each other favorable deals.

Russia has a very long agreement with Syria. We should honor that agreement. Truth be told, Russia could actually help be a mediator in this whole Syria mess. Handled correctly, we might even get Assad to accept leaving office.

This is the type of deal we should be working towards. The airstrike idea is foolhardy. It’s like hitting Ivan over the head with a mallet, so we can prove how big we are, and for what? This is idiotic.

It wouldn’t have to mean we just stand back and let Russia screw things up for the next 50 years. I don’t think they could do much worse than Carter did in Iran in the 70s though.

Let Putin look like a statesman. Give the guy some respect. Work out a plan with Russia and implement it together.

Do we need to trust Putin completely? No. I don’t think we should. It’s still better to have a strong working relationship, than to continue to build up animosity over time, and not devise a way to release it.

This is actually a made to order moment here.

It has been my take that we missed an incredible opportunity at Belson. We should have acted as if those kids were American kids, showing all the grief we would have if this had taken place on our soil. Those types of expressions of shared experience draw nations closer together.

Russia needs to see value in being partners with the West, particularly us. Now is a good time to start to make that happen.

Moving forward to this end in a wise well thought out manner, could be a very positive thing.

19 posted on 09/02/2013 9:42:25 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: DoughtyOne

exactly, Obama isn’t even giving peace a chance with this rush to war. Even Bush gave Saddam a chance to step down to avoid war.

22 posted on 09/02/2013 9:48:41 AM PDT by 4rcane
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