Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, April 13, 2018

While last week's horrific chemical weapons attack in Douma has seized the world's attention, potentially pushing President Trump toward military action, Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons more than 20 times since last year's missile strike, and as many as eight times just since the beginning of 2018.

So the question is: What comes after strikes? The big picture: For Assad, the benefits of using these weapons have outweighed the costs. The U.S. and the international community must change that calculus through a range of economic, diplomatic and legal efforts, in addition to any military response. Otherwise, attacks will resume once the spotlight is gone.

Since the Khan Shaykhun attack last year, options to address these crimes have only gotten worse: Russia has obstructed any UN attempts to hold Assad accountable and deliberately ignored its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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But the U.S. and like-minded nations can still leverage a more robust response, nested within a larger strategy for pressing Assad (and his supporters) to end deliberate civilian targeting and negotiate a settlement to the war. Specific elements of the strategy might include: ...

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Rebecca Hersman, director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and senior adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies, I'm sure is a good and decent person but her ideas are naive. We do not have the power to stop Assad unless we want to confront Russia. I don't really think we want to confront Russia. I'm not saying that is right or wrong, it just is.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-13 11:04 AM | Reply


@#1 ... We do not have the power to stop Assad unless we want to confront Russia. ...

That is my feeling as well.

I think that Russia strategically wants Pres Assad in place as a Russian foothold and a destabilizing influence in the region.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-04-13 11:10 AM | Reply

We got rid of kadafi and the bucher of bagdad. How did that turn out?

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-13 12:59 PM | Reply

- I don't really think we want to confront Russia.

You wouldn't know that from listening to Cooper, Maddow, or Blitzer.

Corky's been banging the war drums since the Red Line first appeared.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-13 01:03 PM | Reply

Do you mean the one o'bummer drew?

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-13 02:44 PM | Reply

Do you mean the one o'bummer drew?

#5 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Yes, that one. And then he went to the Republican Congress for authorization to attack and the Republicans all pissed themselves, pointed at the American Flag and yelled "Just Kidding! These colors do run!"

But they approved it for Trump under the same scenario. Gotta distract from those scandals!

Got any other stupidity to trot out today?

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-13 02:47 PM | Reply

How did that turn out?

#3 | Posted by Sniper

Not good for either one of them.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-13 07:12 PM | Reply

Obama knew he never needed to go to Congress for the strikes to begin with. Going to the Republicans was just more dog and pony show.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-13 07:13 PM | Reply

Going to the Republicans was just more dog and pony show.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Poor Obama. Damned if he does...damned if he don't.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives delivered a rare rebuke to Barack Obama over his involvement in the Libyan war on Friday by rejecting a resolution to authorise the US mission.

www.theguardian.com

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-13 07:31 PM | Reply

Yes. We're supposed to believe the Constitutional scholar doesn't understand post ww2 presidential War Powers and needed the Republicans lol, after interventions in other countries with no vote.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-04-14 07:14 AM | Reply

The US striking Syrian targets alongside her allies of the UK and France; the band is back together y'all!

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-04-14 12:08 PM | Reply

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