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Douglas Carpenter

(20,226 posts)
2. in third world authoritarian government even during normal times - lines of authority and questions
Tue Sep 3, 2013, 11:37 AM
Sep 2013

about who gave the orders and what is the real position of the government are the norm - even during normal times. During times of a civil war it gets infinitely more confusing. It appears that that chemical weapons were used. It is quite plausible that someone in the Syrian government and military ordered their use. I would tend to doubt that President Bashar al-Assad personally ordered their use. I find it unlikely that he would put himself in that position. Whether this was done under the cover of plausible deniability or genuinely done without his approval - I don't think there is any way of knowing at least at this time.

I have no idea -- Hell Hath No Fury Sep 2013 #1
in third world authoritarian government even during normal times - lines of authority and questions Douglas Carpenter Sep 2013 #2
someone posited a good question though- if Assad's forces used gas without his approval, doesn't KittyWampus Sep 2013 #6
your visual is eye-blinking nt grasswire Sep 2013 #11
The trust is gone ...and it won't be coming back! n/t L0oniX Sep 2013 #3
Yeah, we've seen "basic facts" before... whatchamacallit Sep 2013 #4
So you are claiming there are no dead civilians. An empty vial= no dead civilians. KittyWampus Sep 2013 #7
That's not at all what I'm claiming whatchamacallit Sep 2013 #9
The picture of colin powell is kind of a trump card I guess el_bryanto Sep 2013 #8
It's an emotion based appeal- using Nadin's own words. And it's apparent who on DU insists on repeat KittyWampus Sep 2013 #10
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are convinced he did. They are liberal, independent thinkers pampango Sep 2013 #5
Hillary Kerry etc were convinced of Saddams WMD blazeKing Sep 2013 #13
Again I believe both of them are inherently skeptical of PTB way of thinking. pampango Sep 2013 #17
I voted for #3 Arctic Dave Sep 2013 #12
Hard to tell until people get their story straight. Iggo Sep 2013 #14
Yes, he did it, but the numbers may be lower than reported. Waiting For Everyman Sep 2013 #15
The Obama administration has offered doodley squat for evidence Assad was behind the attacks. Erose999 Sep 2013 #16
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