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Tony ..."a simple air strike or two"...
Yes it certainly sounds simple...and air strike here, an air strike there...what could possibly go wrong?
But, it's hardly ever that simple. One or two air strikes could very well lead to more military actions. Things often DO go wrong in military operations...THEN WHAT? What if there is a retaliation strike on our forces? What if one of our aircraft is shot down? A pilot captured? Would this action drag us into something more serious? Would this be a "Gulf of Tonkin" situation?
We already know that Obama has made promises and broken them on the Syrian "Red Line" gas use situation in the past, so Obama probably won't use the military at all, and I think it would be a good decision to stay out militarily. He just needs to say smarter things when talking about it. Hopefully he is smarter with his language after last year.
We agree that a replacement regime could be even worse. Assad is bad, the new guy could always be worse.
"Careful what you wish for" is the old saying that I'm familiar with.