‘Monkeys in the cockpit’

Hagel: U.S. military ready for ‘all contingencies’ in Syria

Carlo Muñoz
The Hill
8/25/2013

The U.S. military is ready to carry out any military action against forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad, should President Obama eventually issue those orders.

“President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option — if he decides to employ one of those options,” Hagel told reporters on Sunday.

The Pentagon chief did not include details as to what specific options or missions may be carried out in Syria.

Hagel’s comments come a day after Obama met with his national security team at the White House on Saturday, to discuss options on what military action to take in Syria.

“Once we ascertain the facts, the president will make an informed decision about how to respond . . . and we are going to act very deliberately,” an administration official said on Saturday, shortly after the White House meeting…

 

The article continues at The Hill.

 

H/T Article and headline Michael Yon.

 

Related: From May 2013: Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent….

 

The same people Obama is arming with your tax dollars…

 

As Syria war escalates, Americans cool to U.S. intervention: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria’s government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act…

…the polls suggest that so far, the growing crisis in Syria, and the emotionally wrenching pictures from an alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb this week, may actually be hardening many Americans’ resolve not to get involved in another conflict in the Middle East…

 

 

The Australian Tea Party: We Must Stay Out of Syria

This is not a war we should be involved with and we must draw a line at helping Muslim fight Muslim, and Communist fight Socialists fighting Muslims fighting Muslims, fighting Communists…

 

 

via The Rabbit Hole:

 

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As Don Surber wrote the other day, “They don’t make Nobel laureates like they used to” (item #19)

 

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