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A YGBSM moment if there ever was one:

Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders — could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.

“We worked with the UN to create a group of inspectors and then worked for more than six months to get them access to the country on the logic that perhaps the presence of an investigative team in the country might deter future attacks,” Power said at the Center for American Progress as she made the case for intervening in Syria.

“Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein’s monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing it’s people,” she said.

Naive. Scary. What were these people thinking? There is plenty of history of Iran not following international norms. And somehow, this history will change based on their involvement??? Following through on a concept like this is mortifying!!! Get out of the classroom!

How will the Iranians use the report? First, from a strategic standpoint, there are a couple of possibilities.

1. Internationally, they could ignore it.
2. They could challenge it. They have all the data and where it was gathered and hence, know the weak areas of the report.
3. They'll point to the weakness of the US on the world stage.

Operationally, they'll use the report to analyze battle damage. They'll analyze Syrian military readiness. Expect chems to come into the hands of Hezbollah to threaten Israel.

The people in the White House once again prove their inability to respond correctly to an international crisis. The mind just reels at the top level actions/inactions by these idiots and this is yet one more example.

I hope we can get through the next three years without a no sh!t gigantic muck up. There's a lot we need to do to sort out eight consecutive years of Obama rule.
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