Author Topic: Four battleships move within striking range of Syria as President Obama weighs military options after a reported 1,300 are killed in nerve gas attack on Damascus  (Read 1334 times)

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    Activists report that a nerve gas attack near Damascus Wednesday killed as many as 1,300
    President Obama is said to be weighing his military options after he warned President Bashar Assad that chemical weapons use would be crossing a 'red line'
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the nerve gas attack needs to be verified but that it 'appears to be what happened'
    UN representative Angela Kane arrived in Syria today to ask President Assad to let investigators into the country to look into the claim
    Military officials told the Associated Press that  four battleships have been moved within the striking zone of Syria and could be used for a Tomahawk missile attack



In light of new reports that the Syrian government used nerve gas against it's own citizens, killing at least 213 and as many as 1,300, President Obama is  considering military options to respond to an action he previously warned the Assad government was crossing a 'red line'.

U.S. naval forces are moving closer as the president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike.

The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United States.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401382/Syria-U-S-battleships-Obama-weighs-options-1-300-killed-nerve-gas-attack.html


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We don't have battleships and haven't since the early 1990s.  The author of the article is an idiot.
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The author of the article is an idiot.

The people he's writing about are even bigger idiots and may well get us involved in a pointless war in the ME.
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The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United States.

Firing off blank rounds at night, so they make the sky all sparkly?

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[[ Four battleships move within striking range of Syria... ]]

"Battleships"? Which ones? The Iowa, the Missouri?

One more example of idiot reporting.

The troubling thing is -- how many really believe them ?

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[[ Four battleships move within striking range of Syria... ]]

"Battleships"? Which ones? The Iowa, the Missouri?

One more example of idiot reporting.

The troubling thing is -- how many really believe them ?

Thing is, it sounds good. The Mail is not noted for it's accuracy at the best of times, preferring sensationalism to truth. After all: they are technically ships that do battle ....  :whistle:
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On his flight to Malaysia from Hawaii, he told reporters the American military was moving forces into place as needed, amid speculation Washington might opt for cruise missile strikes to punish Assad's regime.

Cruise missiles are so yesterday.  Why not use Obama's favorite means of attack - unmanned drones - after all, not only do they also blow things up, they let Obama make his own home snuff movies at the same time.

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So we are helping the rebels who did the chemical weapon attack?
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So we are helping the rebels who did the chemical weapon attack?

Pretty much. It's obvious Obama wants Assad out and the Muslim Brotherhood in, just like in Egypt. The question is: how far will he go to achieve that goal?
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This caught my eye: Hagel said Washington was "troubled" by a series of resulting confrontations, calling for restraint and a regional agreement on a set of rules to avoid conflict at sea.

I believe what Hagel actually did was send a Hallmark card to the Chinese asking for them to be our friends and also pleading with them not to hit us as we are bleeders. With love, Chuckie and Barack.
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So we are helping the rebels who did the chemical weapon attack?

Pretty much. It's obvious Obama wants Assad out and the Muslim Brotherhood in, just like in Egypt. The question is: how far will he go to achieve that goal?

Here is thing.. What will Russia do??? They are helping the Syrian Government..
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Comparing a DDG or a Frigate to a Battleship is like comparing a Toyota pickup to a Mack truck frieght hauler.

Me thinks the author meant to say 'warships', which would be correct.
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So we are helping the rebels who did the chemical weapon attack?
Hell, we probably bought the chemicals for them.
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Heh heh, I see what you did there...    :pop41:

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