US Naval forces move closer to Syria
The old adage "you broke it, you fix it" should be uppermost in the minds of everyone in the Obama administration when it comes to intervention in Syria.
This is especially relevant now that it's been revealed that US warships are approaching Syria as you read this.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested Friday that the Pentagon was moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Obama to order military strikes.
Hagel declined to describe any specific movements of U.S. forces. He said Obama asked that the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria and that some of those options "requires positioning our forces."
The president's senior national security advisers are expected to meet at the White House this weekend to discuss possible military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, a U.S. official told Fox News Friday.
U.S. defense officials told The Associated Press that the Navy had sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea but without immediate orders for any missile launch into Syria.
U.S. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military action, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles, as they did against Libya in 2011 as part of an international action that led to the overthrow of the Libyan government.
"The Defense Department has a responsibility to provide the president with options for contingencies, and that requires positioning our forces, positioning our assets, to be able to carry out different options -- whatever options the president might choose," Hagel said.
He said the U.S. is coordinating with the international community to determine "what exactly did happen" in the reported use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons against civilians earlier this week.
"We're still assessing that," he said.
Who are we going to bomb? What would the targets be? We'd want to target al-Qaeda as much as the Syrian government, wouldn't we? Maybe the best thing to do is put a bunch of targets for both sides on a wheel, close your eyes, and spin it. We're bound to hit an enemy somewhere.
Obama's silly, stupid, "red line" is going to force the US to attack Syria, This is exactly the opposite of how policy should be made. Events should dictate policy, not the other way around.
Like most everything else, the Obama administration has it arse-backwards.