Saturday, August 24, 2013

I know they prepare for any contingency

But taking the next step and presenting the plans to the guy who can say yes or no is a bad sign.
The Pentagon is reportedly preparing for a possible order to strike Syrian targets with cruise missiles, as evidence mounts of the use of chemical weapons emerges from an attack on a Damascus suburb earlier this week, CBS News reported Friday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is expected to present options Saturday for a punitive cruise missile strike against military assets of the government of Bashar al-Assad, reported David Martin, CBS’s Pentagon correspondent.

A strike will depend on decisions yet to be made by President Barack Obama. In an interview with CNN Friday, Obama described the attack in Damascus leaving hundreds dead as a “big event of grave concern,” but stopped short of definitively declaring it a chemical weapons attack and said that the evidence must be clear and must be able to be presented to the United Nations to justify a punitive missile strike.

“We have to think through strategically what’s going to be in our long term national interests,” Obama said to CNN.
It would be nice to know where we expect to go after a strike, or even before. The trouble is that when the generals get ready to blow up something is like when the cops get all done up in their riot gear. The only thing to do is start a riot.


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