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America's Air Attack on Syria
The longer this issue is around, the more it evolves. The more resistance that it creates not to attack, the more likely President Obama will give the order to attack. Obama gave the US Congress a courtesy to become involve in the debate, because it was the right thing to do. But as that is the right thing to do, Obama also strongly feels that the right thing to do is attack Syria. So, don't be stunned when Obama tells the American people and the world that although the U.S. Congress has voiced their opinion with a "No" vote, he will still give the order to attack.
Obama agrees to disagree. He's the boss. No different than any job where you have vehemently disagreed with the boss.
The original limited to 20 cruise missile attack to send Assad a message has been growing, creeping, evolving, to resemble more like the early stages of the Iraq war, on a smaller scale to appease those that now say unless you do real damage to the Assad regime, don't do it at all. Since Obama has decided to attack, the scale of the attack as had "mission creep".
In addition to degrading Syria’s chemical capabilities, the plan calls for a crippling of Bashar Assad’s air force, destroying his air bases and knock out his ground-to-ground ballistic missiles with B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers. Some of the bombers will fly in directly from the US; others from the Al Udeid base in Qatar. F-22 Raptor fighter-bombers are also scheduled to take part in the US air offensive. Also on the target list is the 4th Division's command and control apparatus and its mobile missile launchers used to send sarin gas into areas of Damascus.
As for the gas stockpiles, those will still be intact because the ONLY way to remove them is for boots on the ground, which Obama has stated will not happen. BUT, no boots on the ground only pertains to American troops- not U.S. trained Jordanian special forces that may have already crossed the border. Not Israeli special forces and not Turkish special forces. Any or all of them them could have "boots on the ground" to secure the stockpiles. That is the way around Obama's promise of not using American troops (which have been in Jordan for sometime now). It is plausible that Assad, himself, might be a "target of opportunity" should it arise.
Of course, Putin has sent six Russian naval ships to shadow the American ships there. They could be easily be carrying weapons for Assad to replace those that will be lost.
The end result of this attack will create a new axis to oppose the West- Russia, Iran, China. Together, the three could create some serious problems for the world in that area. The region will become inflamed. Fuel prices will soar. Chaos in many ways with no real solution. If peace comes, it will probably be a false peace.
Of course, if Obama does not attack, the same remains true but on a much smaller local scale as it has for the past two years.