Oren Dorell reports in USA Today that the Pentagon is arranging the decks and positioning the forces for possible action in Syria. This analyst says that it is now inevitable.
With the Syrian government having at least twice used chemical weapons against Syrian people the infraction raises to the level of requiring free nations to intervene. The issue for Americans is about the role we play.
French President Hollande has asserted leadership in the matter. It would be great if France undertook the lead of coalition forces with the U.S. providing strategic air power and technical support. We’ll see.
Any government and political leaders who believe that using chemical weapons in war need to be eliminated. There should be little deliberation about that, and military action to accomplish the result should move swiftly.
That said, it is no small order to amass air attacks against a well-defended Syrian regime that has been recently supplied by Russians. Defeating Syria resoundingly will accomplish the following.
List of possible lessons from allied action against Syria
1. Provide a baseline for rebel forces to establish a democratic government with coalition support
2. Send a definitive message to Russia that its weapons and military technology are ineffective
3. Send a message to other repressive regimes that America and its allies will act under similar circumstances to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction
“Pentagon moves naval forces closer to Syria
by Oren Dorell, USA TODAY
August 24, 2013|05:43 AM EDTAP
The United Nations disarmament chief, arrived in Damascus Saturday to press the Syrian government to allow U.N. experts weapons inspectors access to the site of an alleged chemical attack.
Roughly half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the U.N. refugee and children's agencies.”