1. Please explain the difference between boots on the ground & helmets in the air?
2. Why is 1,400 dead children more important than 100,000 butchered civilians of which many were children?
3. Any military action will result in collateral damage & many people killed. Who will be responsible for their deaths?
4. The cost of an engaged aircraft carrier is 40 million a week. The cost of an engaged destroyer is 10 million a week. The cost of each cruise missile is 1.5 million. Each destroyer has 80 such missiles. Where is all this money coming from which we don't have?
5. What is our goal after an initial strike?
6. How does any action secure citizens in the USA?
7. Pin point strikes requires someone on the ground or someone in the air to coordinate the strikes. Who will these people be?
Serious non partisan responses only please.
I have to add one more thing here. I asked a similar grounded question of a Senior Officer once, when I was in the military and this is a paraphrase of his response, "we can pay in money now or in blood later and the US will always pay in money first, before blood".
Of course this ignores your sentiment of whther or not we should be doing anything at all, in the first place.
Based on my experience, these issues never do go away, they typically get worse. While the Shah was bad for Iran way back when, what replaced him was even worse. While Egypts Dictator was an allie to America, he was bad but, NOT AS BAD as MORSI turned out to be and thus Egypt's struggle for identity goes on.
Look at Libya, we even tried to help facilitate change there and change is what we got.....only the turmoil continues and the bad guys seem to be winning.
While I understand your Thirst for America First, what you don;t understand is that there really are bad guys out there who will not stop at their borders which of course, ultimately means, our allies and we, the US are somewhere in that line as a target.....maybe not in your lifetime but one only need recognize the EGO of a PUTIN to know that if he could, he would.
Unfortunately, it seems that it is only when American blood is spilled on American soil that folks like you wake up to the fact that no matter how bad you think we are.........those outside our borders are much, much, worse.
We fight to put the fires of corruption and wickedness out while others fight to extend their corruption, power, and wickedness.
Get use to it because really, there are not fun loving McDonalds and Star Bucks restaurants on every street corner around the world, YET!
If the world is need of influence toward peace who do you want making the call? the US? Russia? China? ANYONE from the Middle East?
Abandon your BORDER mentallity and take into consideration the human existence issue since afterall, it is we humans who make the rules!
Good questions. Personally, I think we should let Iraq and Saudi Arabia have it out with Syria and Iran. The brutality in the Middle East is something that apparently, under twisted definitions of Islam is okay, Boys being used sexually by Al Qaeda types, women kept ignorant by denying them education, and KILLING in the name of RELIGION have been reborn as though it is the 1300's.
Boots on the ground means we have placed our own at greater risk, obviously. 1400 dead verses 100k is not the issue. It is the escalation of weapon type that is the issue, IE chemical weapons.
The weapons are already paid for, get real.
These actions hopefully disuade any and all from employing/deploying chem weapons ever again.
Pin Point accuracy. We can take a picture of the wart on your rear end from a satelite and the picture will look as though we are two feet away from your wart. Further, we have people on the ground everywhere, grow up.
I appreciate your idealistic approach to right and wrong, to cost of life and cost of well, tax payer revenue but even you my friend will at some point, decide when the US or someone should step into stop atrocities being committed around the world.
So the real question is this, how perfect is your view/assessment of what should be done and how, if anything?
Finally, here is a real question for you, do we wait until an attack occurs on US soil before we act? I only ask because many, many attempts have been made since 9/11 WTC attacks. Finally, crawling inside ones shell and letting the world grow ugly will someday result in oppressive regimes ruling the world around us until finally, they come after us.
Remember this, for as many flaws as we have, trust me when I say the world is better off with the US playing the lifeguard role than seeing Putin/Assad.....or any of many others ruling with oppression, intimidation, corruption, and even killing their own to stay in power. China, North Korea, most of the Middle east to name a few.
I have a low opinion of US involvements in the Sand Trap and the foreign policy of the President has been to leave it. Given the right side advocacy here for boots on the ground war in North Africa, I assume that the present objections to lobbing missiles at Assad/Hezbollah are political in nature. The only thing tying those postings and present ones is the wish to ruin not just this President, but overthrow Washington in general.
1. Obviously casualties. Microprocessors are more likely than helmets at all.
2. The President has decided that the issue is lethal gas, little used by convention since WWI. The Convention in the '90's banning gas entirely was never signed by Syria. Gas was used in the Sand Trap by Sadaam who the US was supporting at the time. Google [Iran Iraq war use of gas] without the brackets. US history in that war and in Iran is not something Americans wish to recall, especially on the right. There is also the suspicion that the President wants to put the thumb on the scale against Assad to push for stalemate because of the Assad/Hezbollah/Iran connection. That would increase casualties, but then so would either side winning. The Republicans would loudly blame the results on Obama whatever they are including those from inaction.
3. Your moral posturing is offensive given your wish to get rid of so many Americans.
4. What is the marginal cost of the vessels in action as opposed to on ocean station is your question?
5. Nothing shows how much you care more than a current Tomahawk right in someone's bathroom window.
6. (2). there is no reason to believe that the President's overarching design to 'pivot' out of the Sand Trap and focus on East Asia has changed. A great deal of the US future is at stake there, noy in the Sand Trap.
7. You are well behind the technology curve.
EXCELLENT series of questions Estero, these issues can not be properly hashed out on the board. I propose that you and I disscuss this over lunch or dinner better yet we could talk about it over at the motel 6. We could get a buckett of chicken and some shlitzs beer.
the U.S. is not the policeman of the world. Let's mind our own business and not start a war that we may not be able it complete without killing a bunch of people (Americans included) plus spend a bunch of money that we have to borrow due to our high national debt.