Multiple media organizations are reporting that the US will strike Syria as early as tomorrow. And they’re also reporting that Administration officials are making no secret about what we’re planning to do – or our objectives.
I won’t go through all the details; the WSJ article here does an excellent job of summarizing them. But I will respond to a couple of points raised in the article:
- “ ‘I want to make clear that the options that we are considering are not about regime change,’ White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday. “ Uh, Mr. Carney – the explicit goal of the Syrian rebels IS “regime change”. If that’s not our goal, then why in the hell are we intervening on the side of the “Syrian rebels” at all?
- “The New York Times, quoting a Pentagon official, adds that ‘the initial target list has fewer than 50 sites, including air bases where Syria’s Russian-made attack helicopters are deployed.’ “ Gee, that’s wonderful. The best military strategy in the world is to tell your opponent what you’re planning to do before doing it so they can get ready.
It seems to me that we’re going to use a limited application of US military force to “send a message” vice engage decisively in Syria. I hope the hell I’m wrong.
Why do I hope I’m wrong? Can you say “ROLLING THUNDER”?
We all know how well that worked out.