Let Me Start: Syria strikes

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By Hardball staff
In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke billows from a...
In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke billows from a...
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A pair of air strikes against targets in Syria have been attributed to Israel, but the Israelis may be more interested in sending a message to Iran than they are about the Syrian civil war. But the ease with which the strikes were executed is stoking debate in Washington over whether air strikes in Syria are a logical next step for the United States. Until now, there were concerns over Syria’s vaunted air defense system, but theses strikes – which the Syrians say hit a military research installation – were able to hit their targets with ease. And now hawks like Sen. John McCain, who has long advocated greater U.S. muscle in Syria, are beating the war drums even louder.

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Let Me Start: Syria strikes

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