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President Obama Approved Israeli Airstrike into Syria

Updated on February 2, 2013

In the early hours of January 30th, Israeli aircraft flew low altitudes over bordering mountainous areas to bomb the Syrian Jamraya military complex near Damascus. Prior to this, the Israelis sought the approval of President Obama based on the intelligence that SA-17 missiles may be transferred into Lebanon for Hezbollah. The complex also has a chemical weapon laboratory.

The 15 aircraft struck three targets: a Syrian chemical weapons store and laboratories; a depot holding the sophisticated weapons Iran had sent, like the SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, and a large fleet of trucks standing by to ferry the munitions across the border into Lebanon.

President Obama was briefed and approved the raid on January 22nd after Israeli intelligence presented their case. Russia was also informed and asked to remain silent on the issue, a promise they have not kept.

The reason for Obama's approval is to send Iran a message, that, they need to get serious about the nuclear weapon talks and US patience is wearing thin. However, Iran countered stating that their new high speed centrifuges are being installed, which will help them reach make weapons grade much quicker. All of this, as far as Iran getting a bomb is moot. It is going to happen because they will do anything and everything to get it, no matter what anyone does.

So, the light finally went on in Obama's mind and approved the Israeli attack, which, even had he not approved it, would have occurred because Israel is far more willing to take a chance than the US is.


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      Andro Mathewson 4 years ago from Germany

      True, but that isn't necessarily the best interest for the rest of the world ;)

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Israel will always do what is in its best interest.

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      Andro Mathewson 4 years ago from Germany

      Cool Hub. Find it important that Obama either stops funding Israel, or at least does not so openly approve of a breach of the UN charter, International law and sovereignty of a country.

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      Roger 4 years ago

      I don't think the Israelis really give a shit about what our Muslim president has to say.

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      Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      When and if Israel decides to take full responsibility for its diplomatic/military relations, the USA budget will breathe a little easier. I am sure that the ad hominen attacks against 'anti Semitism' are about to hit me with vengeance. However it is never a good idea for a sovereign nation to rely on other countries in other parts of the world for its security. This over dependency is certainly no substitute for good foreign relations with your neighbors.