Obama's talking the tuff talk again. The potential for this to go horribly wrong is clearly visible for all to see -
Obama threatens Special Forces troops and precision airstrikes against Syria
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Pentagon intends to send "small teams of special operations troops" into Syria with a view to destroying
Syria's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
These teams would in turn be supported by "precision air strikes", namely air raids:
Securing the sites would probably involve stealthy raids by special operations teams trained to handle such weapons, and precision air strikes to
incinerate the chemicals without dispersing them in the air, the officials said. U.S. satellites and drone aircraft already maintain partial
surveillance of the sites.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Syria has over the years produced or acquired hundreds of tons of sarin nerve agent and mustard gas, a blister
agent, and has sought to develop VX, another powerful nerve gas. The toxicity of some chemical agents degrades significantly over time, so it is
unclear how lethal the stockpiles are.
Experts say the chemical agents are stored in bunkers and other sites around the country. Four production facilities are near the cities of Aleppo,
Hama and Homs, all tinderboxes in the 17-month uprising, as well as the coastal city of Latakia, an area considered a stronghold for Assad's Alawite
An unclassified report by the director of national intelligence this year said Syria's chemical agents "can be delivered by aerial bombs, ballistic
missiles and artillery rockets." But Syrian rockets, including Scud missiles procured from North Korea, are notoriously inaccurate, making them
ineffective for delivering a heavy concentration of toxic chemicals to a specific target. . ( U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms -
latimes.com, August 22, 2012)
Many of us would have heard of the rumours that Husseins WMD's were shipped to Syria.
Everyone knows that much of this was provided/sponsored by the USA against Iran in the Iran/Iraq war.
Everyone knows Syria had its own advanced chemical weapons program.
Everyone remembers what happened in Somalia in the "Black Hawk Down" incident to those troops caught.
With a "surgical" strike, can you really guarantee no fallout into the atmosphere? I think Not.
You have two major risks here - one is deadly nerve/chemical agents being dispersed across the mideast and possibly further.
You have special forces troops stuck in a quagmire against Syrian and/or rebel fighters.
This can very quickly escalate if goes wrong to the US and others being forced to go in hard to save their troops.
But what is the height of hypocrisy is this:
In an usual twist, the stated purpose of the operation is to ensure that Syria's WMDs, which allegedly "are left unguarded" in military bunkers
around the country do not fall in the hands of opposition jihadist rebels who are fighting government forces:
Pentagon planners are more focused on protecting or destroying any Syrian stockpiles that are left unguarded and at risk [of] falling into the hands
of rebel fighters or militias aligned with Al Qaeda, Hezbollah or other militant groups. ( U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms -
latimes.com, August 22, 2012
But wait a minute. Aren't these the same "pro-democracy" freedom fighters who are recruited and financed by several of America's close allies
including Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, in liaison with Washington and NATO headquarters in Brussels.
So the Western Sponsored Rebels, are good enough to receive our backing to overthrow Assad, but not trustworthy enough to secure the WMD's with a
small possibility which "may" be linked back to the USA through its sponsorship of Iraq against Iran?
Gee what a mess!
Better watch what I say incase I too get locked up for expressing my thoughts/opinions like that US Marine did.
edit on 23/8/12 by
Melbourne_Militia because: spelling mistake in title.