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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Rice nixed strikes on Syria in favor of diplomatic isolation

By Aussiegirl

More "compassionate conservatism" from Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Let's isolate those pesky Syrians, that'll really teach them a lesson. Meanwhile the terrorists have a safe haven for their terrorist camps. How is this any different than the failed policy during the Vietnam war of creating safe havens for the Viet Cong in Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam? We are either in this thing to win it -- or not. Diplomacy and war don't mix.

US 'considered' strikes on Syria - World Breaking News - Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au: "THE United States debated launching military strikes inside Syria against camps used by insurgents operating in neighbouring Iraq, a US magazine reported overnight.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice successfully opposed the idea at a meeting of senior American officials held on October 1, Newsweek reported, citing unnamed US government sources.

Ms Rice reportedly argued that diplomatic isolation was a more effective approach, with a UN report pending that may blame Syria for the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri.


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