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ANALYSIS: No good options for U.S. in Syria (with video)
Jul 23rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Outcome of military

intervention unpredictable;

inaction unacceptable

The UK is helping aid agencies working inside Syria by providing eight armoured cars, so they can more safely deliver aid in conflict areas. Photo credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development. Click image to enlarge.

AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION weighs its options for military intervention in Syria, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are no good choices.
Three major newspapers – the Guardian, The Washington Post and the New York Times – this morning took three widely divergent approaches on the story, indicating the dilemmas facing U.S. Policy makers.
In “US military intervention in Syria would create ‘unintended consequences” the Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman provides the key issue: any intervention would be unpredictable, and none of the outcomes are likely to be good for the U.S., the Syrians or the world.
“General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, [told Senators] that once the US got involved militarily in the Syrian civil war, which the UN estimates to have killed about 93,000 people, ‘deeper involvement is hard to avoid’,” Ackerman wrote.
Watch video below the fold.


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BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH: Marvin Braude bike path – the movie

SEE EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE CLAIM
The Marvin Braude Bike Path stretches more than 20 miles, from Malibu in the north to Palos Verdes in the south along the beach of Santa Monica Bay, California.
It follows the high-tide line (except for a short detour around Marina Del Rey) along the beach. It is the best bike ride on earth. The evidence for this claim is in the movie. Check it out.


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L.A. Times-man sends ‘postcard’ from Japan

A postcard from my friend Steve Devol, who is spending a couple of weeks with his wife Susan Wolfe Devol and some friends touring Japan, arrived in my email inbox this morning.
It is an awesome image Steve took at Fushima Shrine in Kyoto.
Steve and Susan are posting frequently to their Facebook timeline. There is some awesome imagery and commentary there.


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Happy landings

Steve Devol – who works at what used to be known as Times-Mirror Square in downtown Los Angeles – a few minutes ago published on youTube a brilliant 2:48 video clip of his flight with Bill Jepson over Puget sound on Wednesday.


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