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American troops and missile batteries arrive on Syrian border

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by poncho, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    American troops and missile batteries arrived on the Syrian border on Friday in the most high-profile escalation of international pressure on the embattled Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad in months.

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    #1 poncho, Jan 8, 2013
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  2. saturneptune

    saturneptune New Member

    Jan 16, 2006
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    The southeastern border of Turkey is bordered by Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Isn't that convienient. We used Turkey to help with the invasion of Iraq. Now, we are using Turkey to tame Syria. The media makes it sound like a desperation call from Turkey. Sure it is. Also, notice the third country bordering Turkey is Iran, which no doubt will be used in some manner in the future.

    Turkey has always been a curious member of NATO. They really do not fit in, but they are surely positioned well for our purposes. In 1974, I was on a six man team that would move from Greek island to island gathering data in and around the Aegean Sea. Anyway, when Turkey went to war with Greece over Cyprus, we were on one of the nearby islands. We had no weapons. We were evacuated just in time to avoid Turkish troops. I say that to make the statement that the Turkish army is very well trained, and can be quite ruthless. They do not need Patriot missles on their border to protect them from civil war in Syria, especially since the Syrian government is in a very weakened state. Turkey is qutie well armed and can take care of themselves. The whole premise is baloney, so we can get a legal foothold on the situation. It reminds me of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

    When are we ever going to learn when to intervene and not intervene, based on our national security interests? It seems like our government is addicted to sticking our nose in business that is none of ours. I am all for protecting our country when there is a threat or our national security interests demand it, but what percent has this been the case since WW2? Probably less than 10%. I do not know what the exact motive is for our involvement, but it is not to protect the United States or defend the Constitution.