Just what exactly is Obama’s objective in going to war with Syria?
His case is even weaker than what many blame George W.Bush for. Knowing full well that jihadi rebels have used chemical weapons in the past, and all kinds of claims are being made about the recent use of them in Ghouta (where about 300 people were murdered), I see little reason for US action against Assad (who I greatly despise BTW).
So what is Obama’s big plan since he painted himself into a corner due to his own, and his staff of advisers’ gross incompetence on the matter. There are other equally troubling atrocities happening around the world, which have gotten short shrift by this administration, so it can’t be atrocity itself as the main motivation.
I believe that the answer is Obama’s complete incompetence, as well as those who are advising him. Lobbing a few missiles against a Syrian regime that is better equipped than Gaddafi’s Libya, and has the full backing of the Russians, is not going to stop Assad. Giving away the game plan before the first plane has left the carrier to assuage the international community, and domestically Obama’s radical base, was not very smart as well.
If this report is factual, it further underlines the position of not going to war against Syria. I have no problem of bombing his stockpiles of WMD weapons, even if it means being a danger to the public at large, if the desired outcome (regime change with pro-western forces filling the political void) is in US best interests, but it’s not.
What’s poised to take over in the event of an overthrow of the regime, is an al-Qaida linked jihadi network, and no reasonable person believes that they will be any more likely to deal with the west than the more secular Assad was. In light of all the incompetency, just what exactly are the objectives here?
“It’s a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease,” Kimball said. He said some of the suspected storage sites are in or near major Syrian cities like Damascus, Homs and Hama. Those cities have a combined population of well over 2 million people.
Experts: Don’t bomb chemical weapon sites in Syria
Aug 30, 6:50 AM (ET)
By SETH BORENSTEIN
(AP) Syrian refugees pass through the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border with Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013….
WASHINGTON (AP) – You simply can’t safely bomb a chemical weapon storehouse into oblivion, experts say. That’s why they say the United States is probably targeting something other than Syria’s nerve agents.
But now there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons that the U.S. military didn’t know were there because they’ve lost track of some of the suspected nerve agents.
Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons – purposely or accidentally – would likely kill nearby civilians in an accidental nerve agent release, create a long-lasting environmental catastrophe or both, five experts told The Associated Press. That’s because under ideal conditions – and conditions wouldn’t be ideal in Syria – explosives would leave at least 20 to 30 percent of the poison in lethal form.
“If you drop a conventional munition on a storage facility containing unknown chemical agents – and we don’t know exactly what is where in the Syrian arsenal – some of those agents will be neutralized and some will be spread,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a nonprofit that focuses on all types of weaponry. “You are not going to destroy all of them.”