Today SoS John Kerry droned on and on about how we have to take action on Syria … or something…
In Washington, questions about the veracity of the U.S. intelligence and whether the nation is headed for another long war based on false information — like happened in Iraq — have emerged from both parties in Congress.
“I assure you nobody ends up being more war-weary than me,” Obama said, adding that he was not considering any option that would entail “boots on the ground” or a long-term campaign.
Instead, Obama said, he and his top military and security aides were looking at a “limited, narrow act” to ensure that Syria and others know the United States and its allies won’t tolerate future similar future violations.
Since all Obama could muster for a ‘coalition of the willing’ are France and Turkey, he is now considering a “narrow” action with Syria. Either way, his mouth is now writing checks his arse can’t cash, and I do not believe he can go running to the Bank of China since they are not all-in on military action against one of their pals…
The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, said on Friday he has not made a final decision on a military strike against Syria. He sought to play down both the scope and duration of the anticipated punitive missile and bombing campaign.
A future military operation would not involve troops on the ground as part of a long-term campaign, Obama said. “But we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria but others around the world understands that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban and norm,” he said.
The White House on Friday released an intelligence assessment that concluded with “high confidence” the Bashar al-Assad regime conducted a deadly poison gas attack using a nerve agent. It stated, “Our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the U.S. intelligence community can take short of confirmation.”
The costs of planned Syria strikes using cruise missile ships currently deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean were not disclosed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and several other high-ranking administration officials during a telephone briefing Thursday night for congressional leaders.
However, estimates of the limited-duration strike are expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Yet, even the United Nations says it will take a couple weeks to complete the tests on the samples they have collected from the gassed area in Syria. Meanwhile Syria is calling the U.S. evidence “fabricated”, and is making its own moves of weapons and troops on the ground in preparation of Obama’s face-saving strike. And it’s not like Obama hasn’t given Assad all the information he needs to deal with an Obama strike.