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Sen. Levin thinks we should go after Syria
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Erik at RedState has posted this little gem which should make Carl Levin the new Joe Lieberman of the Netroots crowd. This from today's Senate Armed Services Committee meeting:
SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “Now, in terms of the weapons coming in from Syria, those weapons that you’ve described as coming in from Syria and perhaps other Sunni neighbors are killing our troops. Do we have a plan to address the Syrian weapon source — of killings of our troops?”

JOHN MCCONNELL, Director of National Intelligence: “Sir, I know the military is working that border area to close it down from not only weapons but also jihadists coming in —”

LEVIN: “It’s more than just — we’re trying to close down the Iranian border area too. The problem is that these weapons are coming from a state which is — doesn't recognize Israel either, just like Iran doesn't. We’ve got to try to stop weapons coming into Iraq from any source that are killing our troops. I agree with the comments about trying to stop them coming in from Iran, I think we have to try stop them that are going to the Sunni insurgents as well as to the Shia. I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria? That are going to Sunni insurgents? That are killing our troops? … I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.” (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 02/27/07)
Wow. Pretty hawkish if you ask me.

So what's the deal ... has reality somehow found Levin and has he finally realized that the best way to protect the troops is to go after those trying to kill them?

Stand by for a Matt Stoller meltdown.

5-4-3-2 ...
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Written By: shark
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Well yeah, the Democrats think we ought to go after Darfur too, they are all in favour of action WHEREVER DUBYA ISN’T CURRENTLY ACTING, but that doesn’t mean that if action occurred against Syria tomorrow that Levin et. al would support it.
Written By: Joe
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Sylvester Reyes and the surge of 20,000 troops, case-in-point
Written By: ChrisB
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I wish the Congressional Democrats had spent the last month trying to give General Petraeus what he needs to make the mission a success, instead of trying to give people like Stoller what they need to make the mission fail (i.e. slow bleed).
Written By: Aldo
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Speaking as someone who served in 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID in Tal Afar and Mosul (and to a lesser extent Nineveh Province in general) in 2003 and 2004, I’d feel pretty comfortable saying that not only are not-insignificant amounts of material support coming -through- Syria, but that that Syria is not at all invested in securing the border from their side. On several occasions some of our guys patrolling or emplacing I-REMBASS along the border even reported taking desultory fire from positions that seemed to be occupied only by Syrian border guards. Unfortunately if we’ve been able to link arms to the Syrian -government- in the way we have with Iran, I haven’t heard about it.
Written By: Lysenko
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I think it is a good thing that we are hearing from troops who are or who have been in Iraq, in addition to the contributions of dilletantes like Professor Erb and cindyb. Being cynical by nature, I expect that some of them will be astroturfers like those appearing on "60 Minutes", but, hey, everyone needs to speak up. Well, then there’s Mona...
Written By: notherbob2
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but that doesn’t mean that if action occurred against Syria tomorrow that Levin et. al would support it.
There will not be action against Syria tomorrow.
Written By: unaha-closp
Stand by for a Matt Stoller meltdown.
If the comments had been uttered by someone connected to the administration Stoller would have already pulled the pin on the action alert and Arianna would be huffing in an oxygen mask. Everyone knows Levin is not serious about taking on Syria. He’s just trying to be cute for the press.
Written By: Aldo
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Unfortunately if we’ve been able to link arms to the Syrian -government- in the way we have with Iran, I haven’t heard about it.
In your impression, is this from not looking or not finding despite looking?

Thank you, Tom Perkins,
ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Not finding despite looking, although "in my impression" doesn’t go as far as I’d like. I don’t have access to NGIC’s SIPRNET page anymore, so what I know is limited to open, civilian sources just like everyone else. That said, I’d be surprised if Syria was as invested in influencing outcomes in Iraq as Iran obviously is. They have Lebanon to worry about, and have exerted plenty of effort -there- (look at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon the UN might just get up and running before I qualify for social security). And unlike Iran, we haven’t caught staff officers from a -Syrian- special forces unit that specializes in counter-insurgency and terrorist training and support in Iraq.
Written By: Lysenko
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