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ABC: Syrian Strike Could Be ‘Significantly Larger’

From the Washington Free Beacon:

ABC: Syrian Strike Could Be ‘Significantly Larger’ Than Most Anticipated

September 5, 2013

ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported President Obama’s plan for a Syrian strike could be “significantly larger” than most anticipated Thursday on “World News Tonight.”

Karl quoted an unnamed national security official who claimed the attack could do more damage to Assad in 48 hours than the Syrian rebels have done in two years:

JONATHAN KARL: […] ABC News has learned the president’s national security team is preparing for a significantly larger military attack than most had anticipated. The air campaign which is expected to last at least two days will potentially include an aerial bombardment of missiles and long range bombs fired from B-2 and B-52 bombers flying from the United States. That in addition to a relentless assault of Tomahawk missiles fired from those four Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean. Those ships are loaded with nearly 200 missiles, plans call for firing the vast majority of them. As one senior national security official told ABC News, this military strike could do more damage to Assad’s forces in 48 hours than the Syrian rebels have done in nearly two years of civil war. That’s more than President Obama seemed to be suggesting just days ago.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: What we are envisioning is something limited […] We send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this.

How incompetent would the Assad regime have to be, if they weren’t able to hide their military assets after all of this warning?

Meanwhile, the New York Times is doing their best to warn them to do just that:

Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT | September 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.

Mr. Obama, officials said, is now determined to put more emphasis on the “degrade” part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria — to “deter and degrade” Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. That means expanding beyond the 50 or so major sites that were part of the original target list developed with French forces before Mr. Obama delayed action on Saturday to seek Congressional approval of his plan.

For the first time, the administration is talking about using American and French aircraft to conduct strikes on specific targets, in addition to ship-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles…

The strikes would be aimed not at the chemical stockpiles themselves — risking a potential catastrophe — but rather the military units that have stored and prepared the chemical weapons and carried the attacks against Syrian rebels, as well as the headquarters overseeing the effort, and the rockets and artillery that have launched the attacks, military officials said Thursday.

Er, it’s been widely reported that the Syrian government has over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons. They are stored in so many places, probably Assad doesn’t even know where they all are.

How can such a wide scale attack be carried out without "risking a potential catastrophe." In fact, even if we don’t cause a catastrophe, what would prevent Assad from starting one and blaming in on the US attacks? Not to mention the fact that Middle East governments make a practice of hiding their weapons in hospitals, schools and mosques.

Meanwhile, we have this from Fox News:

US military has revised Syria strike plan 50 times, source says

September 05, 2013

Even as Congress considers President Obama’s push for military strikes on Syria, the details of that plan continue to change by the day — with one source telling Fox News that military officials have been asked to revise their plans 50 times since the Pentagon first began considering a “limited” action…

The official said the choice the president makes will depend on what he wants included in the target list – and that seems to shift daily…

Apparently, Congress will have to authorize the Syrian strike to find out what’s in it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “ABC: Syrian Strike Could Be ‘Significantly Larger’”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    About 2700 years ago the jewish prophet Isaiah wrote down a prophecy that has never come true. Is this the year?

    Isaiah 17:1

    1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

    There are about 2500 prophecies in the bible and a %100 accuracy rate of the 2000 or so that have come to fruition. According to the jewish historian Josephus and others, the temple priests even met Alexander the Great and showed him what the prophet Daniel predicted of his coming and he was so immpressed instead of conquering and pludering the country and city as he did Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, he went to the temple and gave a sacrifice to the Most High God! Because of AoG the whole known world learned to speak the greek language which came in handy when the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ came along centuries later. Mysterious ways?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Movie Serenity:

    Agent: “It’s worse than you think.”

    Malcolm Reynolds: “It usually is.”

  3. BillK says:

    More importantly this has given Assad plenty of time to place women and children at potential military targets and to make sure there are armed chemical weapons placed at potential attack sites, insuring a poisonous cloud spreads over neighborhoods as a result of the attacks.

    All of which will just bolster Assad’s standing among his people and within the Middle East, and assure that millions of new al Qaeda members are created.

    Which may actually be the goal – after all, it looks like this attack will occur right around September 11 now, doesn’t it?

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