And here we go. Just as the regime change resolution was passed it seems the Obama Administration wants a wider war. Rather than just attacking chemical weapons sites, President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria. The expanded list is to include military units that could be part of an attack using chemical weapons – yes, it is a recipe for regime change.
Mr. Obama, officials said, is now determined to put more emphasis on the “degrade” part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria — to “deter and degrade” Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. That means expanding beyond the 50 or so major sites that were part of the original target list developed with French forces before Mr. Obama delayed action on Saturday to seek Congressional approval of his plan.
I see we are back to Bush-era war semantics. So now “degrade” can justify any use of force. Destroying Assad’s entire military – making room for Al Qaeda rebels to take over – would also “degrade” his ability to use chemical weapons. True story.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that other targets would include equipment that Syria uses to protect the chemicals — air defenses, long-range missiles and rockets, which can also deliver the weapons.
What isn’t a legitimate target with this mandate?
In fairness to Dempsey, it is pretty clear the Pentagon does not want this war. During the hearing when Secretary Kerry kept trying to convince people bombing wasn’t war – Dempsey openly contradicted him. Bombing, according to General Dempsey, “is an act of war” by any definition.
Expanding the target list is yet another indication that the Obama Administration plans on a wider war in Syria.