U.S. military updates options for potential Syria strike, source says
A wounded rebel fighter lies in the back of a pick up truck making it's way to a hospital through traffic in the northern Syrian city Aleppo on December 6, 2012.
December 7th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

U.S. military updates options for potential Syria strike, source says

By Barbara Starr

The U.S. military has updated its plans for a potential strike against Syria after intelligence showed that the regime has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas in at least two locations near military airfields, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

A senior U.S. official confirmed the details but declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. There has been no movement to put the bombs on aircraft and no significant additional movement of chemical materials as far as the U.S. knows, he said.

The updated options are being refined daily. "The more information and intelligence you have, the more clarity you can bring to options you may decide to use," the official said. "You would expect new information like this to drive an update of options."

"We are prepared for a full range of contingencies," said Pentagon spokesman George Little.

But there is much concern, the official said. It's not clear if President Bashar al-Assad's regime is pulling back after President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued statements condemning the action, or what al-Assad's future intentions may be.

Also: Syria's chemical weapon potential 

The official also said the U.S. has all the firepower it needs in the region to conduct military action against Syria if Obama orders it. The U.S. maintains a fighter and bomber aircraft presence across the Middle East, including on board aircraft carriers. There are also warships with satellite-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles that can be programmed to hit specific targets.

But experts have said bombing a chemical weapons site or an airfield where chemical bombs are located poses significant challenges, including the possibility of dispersal of chemical agents into a civilian population. A military option could involve dropping bombs on runways to keep airplanes from taking off.

Also, communications sites could be struck to cut al-Assad's links to his troops so orders for a chemical attack cannot be issued. But U.S. officials have said they are not certain how much control al-Assad has over his military, so there is no guarantee that commanders would not act on their own.

Interrupting communications links was part of the NATO bombing strategy in Libya, but there was a sense of much tighter regime control in that campaign

Also: Assad regime has plenty of fight left

"What you have to do now is get the timely tactical intelligence to interrupt the decision cycle. That is, get between Assad and the individual who presses the button to launch that missile. That's a very big ask in the intelligence community, very difficult. But now, that's the position we're really in," CNN contributor Fran Townsend said on "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday night.

The first intelligence on the chemical weapons movement in Syria came to light to the administration in the last week, when satellite imagery showed the movement of trucks and vehicles at sites where chemicals and weapons were stored. "We assume the aircraft are in close proximity to the munitions," the official said.

The U.S. also believes the order to fill the bombs was issued and carried out through the Syrian military chain of command, but it's not certain if al-Assad was directly involved. A different U.S. official told CNN several days ago that one assessment is the Syrian military may have done this to give al-Assad "options" to act as the regime came under continuing pressure from fighting near Damascus.

One reason the U.S. was certain of what it was seeing is that additional intelligence, including information provided by people, confirmed what was going on. The official would not say whether the human intelligence came from telephone intercepts, defectors or people inside Syria.

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu

    IF YOU KNOW IS TRUE PLEASE SWING INTO ACTIONS THIS TALK TALK IS TOO MUCH BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF REACH OR HANDS.

    December 9, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
  2. Bay14a

    I consider myself like a republic, but unless Syria has their invasion fleet outside New York harbor, we shouldnt get involved,,,,,Let Turkey, Jordan, other power players in the region handle there on regional mess...

    Though, its funny reading the comments, i know everyone person here posting Anti-US comments, will again be posting ANTI-US comments cause Syria decided to drop chemical weapons on there population and the US did nothing, and we didnt kill the 20 people on the airbase that now killed the 100,000 civilians in one strike of gas, with 100k more dying days after from the after effects............

    December 8, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • catalyzer

      exactly, damned if they do and damned if they dont, hard choices

      December 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  3. truth

    This has nothing to do with Syrian people. This is propaganda NATO just wants to do what they did to Gaddafi so they can take control of Syria like they did Libya. Not to mention this quote from the article. "The official also said the U.S. has all the firepower it needs in the region to conduct military action against Syria if Obama orders it." Obama has no right to start wars only Congress does, but hey who needs a 10th amendment? Why make it the biggest story when there are way more people in Africa dying when we could prevent it much easier than they can Syria. I'll tell you why oil and strategic location in the middle east.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • DocNavy

      Syria has no oil. And the US has a better strategic location in Turkey and Israel; both of whom are far more amenable to the US than Syria.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • StanCaif

        Israel is no "ally" of the USA! Yes, they claim their allegience but then their deeds insult us everytime they get irritated! Israel is NOT our friend! Sure, they get huge monetary support from private Jews enjoying life in the USA, they get huge money from our government, they enjoy full support from our Congress because they "own" them!
        Israel IS our biggest problem in the middle east, and they refuse to make friends with their neighbors.
        I wait to see Israel over run with a million camel riding raiders! All your piousness just trampeled into the dirt!

        December 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Brad

    Those runways at those airfields need to be cratered yesterday.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  5. smac76

    I hate reading all these anti american posts, do any of you tards realize that we have done everything we can to stay out of this mess, this isnt about what resources we can grab or trying to destroy a muslim country this is about doing the right thing and protecting innocent lives, do some research before u waste your time on a post like this!

    December 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Get real, smac76. The right-wing thugs in Washington couldn't care less about innocent lives or have you forgotten what happened in Baghdad on Feb.13, 1991? We go to war in order to generate money for the big-wigs in Washington plus promote the careers of right-wing politicians!

      December 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
      • smac76

        Then move to canada hippie!

        December 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • jadefalcon

        *Get real, smac76. The right-wing thugs in Washington couldn’t care less about innocent lives or have you forgotten what happened in Baghdad on Feb.13, 1991? We go to war in order to generate money for the big-wigs in Washington plus promote the careers of right-wing politicians!*

        Well perhaps if those right-wings thugs politicans in Washington had to do the marching off to war, intead of trooos they wouldn't be so fired up about sending troops into those areas. Let Syria handle it's own damned rebellions.and take care of the problems here in the US instead

        December 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • Shelly

        Obama is a Democrat. He is not a Republican. Obama is a Democrat and he is in charge of the military. You can't keep blaming Republicans who are not ahead of the military.

        December 8, 2012 at 4:36 am |
      • Shelly

        Obama is a Democrat. Obama is not a Republican. Obama is the leader of the United States military and he is a Democrat. You can't keep on blaming Republicans when they are not even in charge.

        December 8, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Jack

      Protecting lives through more killing. Always the best plan.

      December 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • smac76

        You people are so stupid i am amazed you can even read this, does Assad care about the innocent people he is killing, no, so sometimes you get a little dirty when you take out the trash!

        December 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • Jack

        You see, *I* don't care about the people he's killing, my heart's not bleeding for the various terrorist groups Syria previously welcomed in.

        Nor do I care what Clinton says he could do, particularly after Congress has taken up debate on funding propaganda campaigns against Americans.

        December 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Quigley

      I'm getting quite aggravated at reading all these idiotic, gung ho statements here about why we should butt into Syria's civil war in which over 40,000 people were purportedly killed. Had both NATO and the Arab League not aided and abetted these so-called "rebels" in the first place, this bloodshed may well have ended some time ago. This obnoxious policy of U.S. intervention must end but then again, the M.I.C. in Washington stands to make another killing in this obscene war as always.

      December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • jonny

      we dont want him either.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
      • jadefalcon

        I hate reading all these anti american posts, do any of you tards realize that we have done everything we can to stay out of this mess, this isnt about what resources we can grab or trying to destroy a muslim country this is about doing the right thing and protecting innocent lives, do some [...]

        Well now if everything had been done that could or could've been done, we wouldn't be going into it now would we.

        December 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Jack

    Has the US published the rules of civil war for all nations yet? How can it be America's job to police and enforce the rules then?

    December 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Actually Jack, America has neither the right nor any businss bullying others into submitting to it's will as these amoral right-wingers try to force us to believe otherwise!!!

      December 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
      • smac76

        Go smoke a pole patton!

        December 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Valyn66

      There may not be rules governing civil wars per se, but there are certainly rules about the use of chemical weapons. Try to think before commenting, okay?

      December 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
      • Jack

        So this rulebook assigns America as the world's police force in charge of enforcing such rules?

        December 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • DocNavy

        @Jack Yup... pretty much. Mebbe you should read that "rule book" it's called the UN charter, of which the US happens to be a member of as well as a permenent member of the UN Security council. Hmmm, security for what I wonder??? And when some crazy s**t goes down somewhere... who does the UN call on to be "peacekeepers" and shoulder most of the financial burden?? America you say? Well, you'd be right... for once.

        December 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  7. dou44

    The US-Israeli Axis of Weasels doesn't care how many peoples' lives they wreck and end. The US is in what- 7 undeclared war military actions now? The US is lying about Syria.

    December 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • smac76

      And your lying to yourself about have any intelegence

      December 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
      • moriturusify

        hi hi hi

        December 8, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  8. Johnny2525

    Hypothetical question: Would you be all up in arms about this chaos if you knew that the same kind of reckless disregard for human life was actually something constantly happening but not brought to our awareness by the traditional media and government.

    Well doesn't publicize it until there is a strategic interest involved. Just curious. I mean it makes me sad to see what happens through the world over, but we also can't be dropping our soldiers all over the world's hotspots like nothing. It really bring their morale down and further spreads our force very thing....

    December 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  9. Fetah

    I HOPE ASSAD WILL WIN THIS WAR, AND PUT AN END TO THIS PROXY WAR. I HOPE IRAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA WILL HELP SYRIA FIGHT THE RATS. SYRIANS NEED TO PUT AN END TO THIS FARCE. A BIG F*** YOU TO OBAMA, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA AND TURKEY. YOU ARE BY FAR BIGGER ENEMIES THAN REBELS.

    December 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • smac76

      Why dont you go strap a suicide vest on and end your ignorance, please do the world a favor!

      December 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Here goes another mindless Tea Partier posting here to show off his own stupidity. If being stupid was to be a virtue, this smac76 would be a living saint!!!

        December 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
      • smac76

        Oh wow that was a good one and no actually i am a liberal republican that is sick of anti american b.s., with a name like george patton i would not expect ignorance like yours!

        December 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • Jack

        Is that was the neocons call themselves these days?

        December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Fetah. I couldn't have said it better and I completely agree!!! I have no more feelings for these filthy rats than you do!

      December 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  10. Diane

    It's not about right or wrong it's about whether we can afford another war. We are in no position to take on any more debts plain and simple. If you don't have money for gas in the car you don't go to the beach, pretty basic huh? And don't even suggest borrowing more money from china!

    December 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Organic1

      Just how many countries do you think has the ability to stop chemical weapons from being widely used ? Remember – For evil to win, good people only have to do nothing. This is not about being able to pay for actions, every nation on the map has debt, every one of them, this is about not allowing some to deny the fight of freedom by mass killing. Using weapons that contain chemicals are not much better than using nukes, they still have residual lasting effects on the ground and waters, not to mention to those that it does not kill outright.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Johnny2525

        That comment that for evil people to win and good people just have to do nothing is kind of a cop-out. I mean does evil win when you are not aware it happening? Does evil win when you realize that there is trouble brewing in another strategic region or that your own country is hurting. I guess the math guys would tell me to do a cost-benefit analysis or even put to game theory. However, although I am not a GOPer, I do believe in "Country First"

        December 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • Jack

        You do realize that it takes nothing more than a visit to a hardware store to get materials to purchase or generate several types of gases that were used as weapons at one point or another. You'll never be able to buy enough bombs to eradicate them all, nor all of the people who could do so.

        December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  11. rad666

    Let the Middle East nations deal with their own.It is in their backyard. America, stay home.

    December 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  12. Audio Ghost Studios

    I think the President ought to hold a conference, and explain his contingencies that will A: Prevent Chemical War in Syria. B: Prevent these weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

    The President does not need to release the classified info, but he should step forth, and explain why his foriegn policy failures, have allowed this Civil War, to reach this point. http://wh.gov/NH6E

    December 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  13. Jeff

    Why does the U. S. always think it must SAVE THE WORLD? Call on France, Great Britain, Germany, China, Malaysia, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Russia etc. etc. etc.to pick up the leadership. What would the U. S. do if some foreign country said to us, "Hey, we don't like your form of government, so we are going to send troops to your country until you do what we want you to do."?

    December 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • DocNavy

      Bro... It's not about "Saving the World." Chemical weapons? Tens of thousands to Hundreds of thousands of innocent people about to die horribly? No? You don't care? Not something you'd want to, you know... try and stop? No?

      December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • onceaslayer

      The US let Europe be the police once. That issue turned into the Bosnia War, with the Europeans letting Genocide happen under their nose. We won't let that happen again.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • jadefalcon

      No of course not the US only screws over all of the returning veterans and veterans all the way back to WWII. 900,0000 VA claims on the books and backlogged, Toads, Trolls, Turds, Incompetent Buffoons and outright thieves throughout the entire Department Of Veterans Affairs, Attorney's and Senators aids either bribed by the VA or outright replaced by VA goons. Homeless veterans throughout the entire country. The worst VA medical care and in some cases zero medical care at Central Arkansas Veterans Health System in Little Rock and North Little Rock. VA forging veterans signatures so they can pull ungodly and unholy medical experiments on them. Omitting the number of deaths by VA doctors, falsifying the number of veterans suicides. Firing VA employees who challenge award denial of veterans Deliberately blocking veterans awards for compensation. Is that enough for you or should wood you to hear more VA horrors stories.
      Non Compensated Vietnam Veteran

      December 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • Jack

        I hope you were able to reapply under the new rules. Of course processing is taking years, but why would anything really change?

        December 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  14. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Gotta keep that MIC funded!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • lilred60

      I agree totally. We should completely disengage from the middle east and let them handle their own problems as they see fit. We have plenty of our own. We could feed and house many americans with the money we waste over there.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  15. A

    Syria is filling bombs with gas like Iraq had WMDs.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  16. Nelson

    In the terms of protecting the lives, more lives are paid as a ransom as the case of Libya. Involvement of any military action never saved the lives as we allude to history of such actions.The best way to protect lives is to solve the conflict amicably.

    December 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • stm

      Agreed. But the problem comes when one side's leadership (Syria) has no desire to "solve the conflict amicably". It limits peace options pretty quick...

      December 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  17. Portland tony

    When the two ingredients of Sarin are mixed there is a very short time ( two weeks to a month) that the chemical remains stable. If Assad's forces have binary munitions ..that is where the chemical ingredients are kept in separate containers within the warhead until it's launched and they can be stored for much longer time. There's a lot of talk about Sarin filled bombs, but a preferred weapon of delivery is the artillery warhead or missile. As was pointed out, these weapons have no conscience and will kill anyone exposed...be it Sunni, Shia, Christian or Jew...That's why it's so important to stop any group from using chemical weapons.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  18. StanCalif

    Ask GW and Dick what they would do! "Nah, don't invade Syria. They don't produce oil. Ya'll remember how I promised that Iraqi oil would pay all the bills, don't ya?" Too bad "Mission accomplished" didn't work out as planned.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • pimpdaddy

      lol

      December 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • DocNavy

      Of course GW and Cheney never EVER said that Iraqi oil was going to pay for anything. And the "mission" was to remove Saddam Hussein and the Baathists from power and put in place a democratically elected government... which was accomplished. So, um... yeah. I guess it WAS mission accomplished.

      December 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
      • Jack

        It wasn't that it would pay for anything, Cheney said it would be "revenue neutral", as the costs would be offset.
        When will all of that debt be repaid to make it neutral? From his 3000% returns on Halliburton stock?

        December 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Depends on what you call "accomplished". Sure, Bush got Saddam and eventually (after years of bloodshed) actually "held an election"! An election does not magically create democracy. The Iraqi democracy is hardly functional and rapidly becoming close friends with Iran. Tell me what was accomplished that worked out well?
        "We" called for Palestinians to "hold elections", but refused to recognize the governments "the people democratically chose". "We" got a democratic election in Afghanistan, what a shining democracy it is today. Egypt? Libya? Isn't democracy just wonderful! Strange how our beloved democracy (transplanted where it doesn't belong) kills more people and wrecks more economies than the old "evil dictators" ever did! Do we have ballot boxes built for Syria yet?

        December 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • DocNavy

      PS.
      Where do you think that the Syrians GOT all those weapons of mass destruction, hmm? I remember watching satellite footage of mile long convoys going from Baghdad to Damascus just before the beginning of our entry into Iraq in 2003. What do you think they were sending to Syria considering Saddam and Co stayed in Iraq till the end?

      Just sayin'.

      December 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  19. 111Dave111

    CNN contributor Fran Townsend on "Erin Burnett OutFront"

    I can see why I missed that. (Piers Morgan, Nancy Grace, Jack Cafferty, Roland Martin also big incompetent turn-offs)

    December 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  20. longfisch

    Another "military action" on the horizon, Syria has direct access to the Mediterranean removing the significance of the Suez Canal for oil exports from Iraq. This will be a nice addition to our growing control of the middle east.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  21. Gabriel Flores

    @Lyndsie. What are you talking about? The US is not going invade Syria with troops nor take it over. The US military is discussing options to counteract chemical weapons if deployed by Assad. This would be a quick, covert, one time strike. Chill out on your Mel Gibson conspiracy theories.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  22. sam

    the slaughter of innocent people is hard to take, I think a soft attack on military airstrips would stop the planes from spreading the gas, but Im sure no one, even the GOP, is making much noise about the situation.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Do you remember sam, the Feb. 13, 1991 bombing of the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad, iraq by two American pilots, slaughtering well over 414 innocent civilians? So you say that it's hard to accept the killing of civilians by military means. In this I agree.

      December 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • DocNavy

        You assume that these pilots went in the the INTENT to kill those people. Only a total jacka$$ thinks that American servicemen and women are "cold hearted killers" intent on "slaughtering" people. I'm a married man and father of three, and I've had to kill people in war. Does that make me evil? You don't know anything about the people you talk about, much less what the reality of War is like. I've got a feeling that in situations where one must either run or fight.. you run.

        December 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Lyndsie Graham

        Does that also mean DocNavy, that the J apanese pilots who attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 are not killers either nor did they intend to bomb that facility? I don't think so. In war, we're really no better than anyone else when it comes to killing, so please, quit entertaining the fairy tale about our moral superiority. There is no morality in waging an unprovoked war against any country, none at all!

        December 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  23. ted

    Washington get involved I have no party to vote for anymore. I will declare both party's war mongers . They are using chemicals so America and the world will get involved . I can see the American flag burning already.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  24. Rudy1947

    I believe many large countries have military plans for offensive and defensive strategies for anything. If a country gets a bit rowdy, it gets updated. Right now plans for Syria are prudent, its good to be prepared. I can only hope these plans are not implemented.

    December 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  25. HuPhartNgau

    We don't need to exacerbate the situation, nor help in replacing one middle-eastern thug with another. We have 622 U.S. Military bases in 38 countries. (Most people can't even NAME 38 countries) We do NOT need more.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Yes, because clearly the article was stating that more military installations were being planned for Syria. So, does the world stand by as chemical weapons are used to put down the uprising? That is what is at the crux of this article?

      December 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Leroy

        They shouldn't even BE rebelling against their government. What are they thinking? What ever happened to loving your own country and government?

        December 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • DocNavy

        @Leroy You gotta have a Country and Government that loves you back... or at least has you best interests at heart. Assad is a tyrannical thug (obviously) and the people have a right to stand up and fight against a Government that would rather enslave and suppress it's citizens rather than protect them.

        Using chemical weapons such a Sarin is penultimate to using nuclear weapons. We SHOULD do something about it. There's a reason that chemical warfare was universally and Globally outlawed after WW I. Think about it.

        December 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • Jack

        The US never acts and leaves, Cheney had to scale down his plans for closing US bases to expand new ones in Iraq and other locales. There are multiple bases in use in Libya, a place we never officially were engaged.

        December 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
      • DocNavy

        @Jack I happen to currently *BE* on a US Warship that was stationkeeping off the coast of Libys just a couple of days ago. I can walk up to our Operations Center RIGHT NOW and look at a map of Libya with all of our assets there. I'd LOVE to know where al these "multiple bases" are. Can you tell me? Cuz unless you consider a couple of CIA substations (Read: Apartments and Offices) with like 5 guys in them "Bases"... you don't know what you're talking about. All aerial recon drones are launched from ships posted off the coast. Our "military" presence consists of like a grand total of 25 Marines on GUARD duty at the Embassy.

        Get a grip.

        December 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  26. Lyndsie Graham

    It appears that the right-wing thugs in Washington are aching day after day to get into a useless war against Syria as the so-called "rebels" may not be quite as "successful" as the right-wing news media has been boasting as of late! The whole idea of this country moving in to take over another Middle Eastern country makes my blood boil to no end. This disgusting policy must stop here and now as it makes the right-wingers in Washington look as bad as they really are!

    December 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Sean

      So, Lyndsie, you advocate the use of chemical/biological weapons again a civilian population? Would you wait until first bomb was dropped or would you prevent it from being dropped? If and when something has to happen, you are likely to see a coalition of governments from around the world put the brakes Assad's. However, I suspect before that happens we'll see Russia and China strongly encourage Assad's regime to back off; that is if Assad actually has control over his military.

      You can't live in a bubble; what happens across the globe has impacts right here at home.

      December 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Well, then its not our ball park to umpire... If Assad wants to waste his own people with chemical weapons, the best we can do is respond afterwards.

        December 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Jack

        You start writing your checks for "nation building" in Syria then. It'll take a while, the people rebelling include the various groups the US deemed terrorist organizations that had offices the Syrians openly allowed for years, so they won't want to roll over for whatever YOU decree is acceptable for them.

        December 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • steve

      I consider myself to be a liberal, but you are so far to the left that you've fallen off the earth and become delusional.

      December 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Eloi

      I didn't realize Obama was a right winger.

      December 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply

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