Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

US military reportedly updates list of potential targets in Syria as pressure mounts on Obama
JPost ^ | 8/23/2013 | JPost Staff

Posted on 08/23/2013 4:30:06 PM PDT by mojito

The Pentagon has updated the list of possible targets in Syria should US President Barack Obama decide to intervene militarily in the country, CNN reported on Friday, citing a US Defense Department official.

The report came as pressure mounts on Obama to take action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of allegations that he killed more than a 1,000 people in chemical weapons attacks on Wednesday.

The US defense official told CNN that target lists for air strikes in Syria had been updated, and plans for using cruise missiles capable of targeting Syria without entering the country's airspace had also been included.

The official stated that the US had made no decision to act in Syria, but rather the targets were updated "to give the president a current and comprehensive range of choices."

Assad's army continues to move forces and equipment making flexible planning a necessity, the official told CNN.

The updated list includes mobile targets that would disrupt Assad's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks.

Obama and his national security team had a four hour Oval Office meeting on military options Friday, focusing on cruise missile targets, but no decisions were taken.

The top Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee urged Obama on Friday to order air strikes against Assad's government after the apparent chemical attacks.

(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; jordan; lebanon; obama; randsconcerntrolls; russia; syria; turkey; waronterror
Sure is a lot of "chatter" coming from Washington this afternoon.

JPost, as usual, has a good summary of where we are at the moment.

1 posted on 08/23/2013 4:30:06 PM PDT by mojito
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: mojito

Valerie Jarrett is on the cusp of starting WWIII.


2 posted on 08/23/2013 4:31:25 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden are merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

3 posted on 08/23/2013 4:32:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

typical friday afternoon hide the news day. this bastard is going to get us in another war on the wrong side and stab the troops in the back.


4 posted on 08/23/2013 4:32:20 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

If Assad falls, Al Qaeda & the Brotherhood take over. Of course I’m no fan of Assad or Hezbollah (which backs him). So....pass the popcorn.


5 posted on 08/23/2013 4:33:35 PM PDT by rbg81
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto
You can add Samantha Power to that camarilla too.
6 posted on 08/23/2013 4:33:38 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: mojito

are these deaths confirmed


7 posted on 08/23/2013 4:35:27 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito
Re: ... and plans for using cruise missiles capable of targeting Syria wC had also been included.

...capable of targeting Syria without entering the country's airspace...???

What are they going to do tunnel up from the Med?

8 posted on 08/23/2013 4:36:13 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito
This cannot end well for the US. There is a straight line from the Libyan leading with your behind to Benghazi.

What Obama is planning is the start of the next Mideast war.

9 posted on 08/23/2013 4:36:24 PM PDT by AU72
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito; All

He is going to do it isn’t he?


10 posted on 08/23/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

The list of targets ought to be getting smaller since the Syrias seem to be destroying their own stuff about as fast as anybody else could. But the one that counts is Basher and his close circle of friends. And that brings up the question of how fast/how long he is moving around? Is he in Qdaffy/Saddam mode? Hiding in every available culvert pipe? Or is he still proud of his palace and hanging out there as tho he’s still in charge? That worked out so good for Mubarrak.


11 posted on 08/23/2013 4:39:53 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

To the best of my knowledge, there has been NO independent confirmation of the death toll.


12 posted on 08/23/2013 4:40:14 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: ColdOne
Yep. He drew his “line in the sand” over chemical weapons and now has to act, or is compelled to act, unless he wants to look exactly like the incompetent, impotent doofus everybody in the world knows him to be.
13 posted on 08/23/2013 4:43:12 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: mojito

Where’s the international consensus? Where is the UN resolution? Where is Congress?


14 posted on 08/23/2013 4:46:16 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

He’s gotta make up for Putin insulting the gays.


15 posted on 08/23/2013 4:46:23 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

What a evil pyle he is.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 4:52:41 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Paine in the Neck
Where’s the international consensus? Where is the UN resolution? Where is Congress?

Non existent, as will be the immunity for the US military if they follow these orders.

Remember Nuremberg.

17 posted on 08/23/2013 5:16:30 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: mojito

Er, what pressure is that exactly? Bammy got a call from his terrorist pals?


18 posted on 08/23/2013 5:18:42 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito; maggief; crosslink; SE Mom; hoosiermama; thouworm; Nachum; MestaMachine; caww; onyx

Meanwhile..this ridiculous administration opens a new front on Twitter of all places:

http://twitchy.com/2013/08/23/what-is-assad-hiding-national-security-advisor-susan-rice-asks-twitter-answers/

Are there any grown ups available in this administration at all? Good grief!


19 posted on 08/23/2013 5:30:58 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bkopto

They will not rest until they create an AQ outpost out of Syria.


20 posted on 08/23/2013 5:37:06 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: penelopesire

If Rice is involved they must be hiding a movie.


21 posted on 08/23/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: mojito

WWCD (What would Canaan do?)


22 posted on 08/23/2013 5:38:13 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

“New War”. I guess he doesn’t understand that it’s all part of
the same war.


23 posted on 08/23/2013 5:38:26 PM PDT by Diggity
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama

You ought to go see her timeline! It is a laugh riot what people are saying to her on Twitter...lol.


24 posted on 08/23/2013 5:41:12 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: mojito

If a couple conservative politicians went over there and “looked” for 5 minutes, they’d notice those chemical weapons are complete horsecrap. But we’re actually dealing with Zippy/Jarrett/Powers.


25 posted on 08/23/2013 5:46:21 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: headstamp 2
They will not rest until they create an AQ outpost out of Syria.

Well, they had a temporary setback getting armed and going back over to screw up Cairo again.

26 posted on 08/23/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: mojito
The report came as pressure mounts on Obama to take action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad

"Pressure" - by who? I don't know a single American who believes in or aupports US intervention in Syria. Especially after Benghazi and "arab spring".

So where is this "pressure" on Nobama coming from?
27 posted on 08/23/2013 5:52:58 PM PDT by silverleaf (uite a coinky dink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: silverleaf

The media and John McCain it would appear. And Obama’ s buddies, the Muslim Brotherhood.


28 posted on 08/23/2013 5:55:09 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: mojito

The truth is that support for Iran in Syria and elsewhere must be shut down, and it doesn’t matter who pretends to be the boss of the action. Nearly everyone should know that by now.


29 posted on 08/23/2013 5:57:50 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

Wonder how many of those potential targets are Christian churches.... Obama could murder every Christian in Syria and the MSM wouldn’t report a thing.


30 posted on 08/23/2013 6:16:56 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mojito

I’m going to stay out on the limb I went out on earlier and still go with the Syrian rebels are the ones who used the gas (involuntary martyrs action). One of the rebels stated on TV: “This wouldn’t have happened if Obama would have sent the weapons he promised two months ago”. Think about that statement for a few minutes and consider that the last gas attack was by rebels and that the rebels are losing badly and this type action can only help because the MSM and others “want to believe” regardless of facts. That said, I’m not a fan of Assad but I’m less of a fan of the MB or AQ.


31 posted on 08/23/2013 6:56:09 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives are never accountable for "unintended consequences" .... just for causing most)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RetiredTexasVet

Agree. The United States is behind the chemical attack on Syria. Sad, but true.

The big question in this mess is how does Russia react. Nobody knows.

There is a lot more going on than any of us realize.


32 posted on 08/23/2013 7:09:42 PM PDT by silentknight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: All
"US military reportedly updates list
of potential targets in Syria
as pressure mounts on Obama"




Help FR Continue the Conservative Fight!
Your Monthly and Quarterly Donations
Help Keep FR In the Battle!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


33 posted on 08/23/2013 7:13:56 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: mojito
Yep. He drew his “line in the sand” over chemical weapons and now has to act, or is compelled to act, unless he wants to look exactly like the incompetent, impotent doofus everybody in the world knows him to be.

He's ignored his "line in the sand" twice before.

Why stand firm now? Even if John McCain is yapping and chewing on your shoes...???

34 posted on 08/23/2013 7:23:52 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: RightGeek
Er, what pressure is that exactly?

John McCain. Yapping. And chewing on his shoes.

35 posted on 08/23/2013 7:25:08 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: mojito
The top Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee urged Obama on Friday to order air strikes against Assad's government after the apparent chemical attacks.

Why would this Rat urged such a thing when it is not known for sure Assad ordered such a thing? Couldn't this be a planned event the rebels conjured up?

36 posted on 08/23/2013 7:25:34 PM PDT by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

Nobody knows. I read where the rebels said they were buried every body n a mass grave immediately after it became public.


37 posted on 08/23/2013 7:27:13 PM PDT by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: silentknight
The big question in this mess is how does Russia react. Nobody knows.

Russia will respond. We can count on that. Putin has already said they would.

And, unlike some others, his word is good.

38 posted on 08/23/2013 7:27:21 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: silentknight

I dont care about either side....

Letm fight

but this is interesting

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_22/Evidence-could-send-Obama-to-prison-two-sources-already-claim-to-have-Documents-and-Proofs-3648/?from=menu

With a majority of America looking to impeach maybe the globalists think its time to try to jail a sitting pres.thereby setting a hague trumps nationalism precedent.

Crazy stuff. ....


39 posted on 08/23/2013 7:37:25 PM PDT by Therapsid (Communism has killed 50-60 Million people in only 50 yrs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

I don’t think so. They buried the bodies in mass graves.


40 posted on 08/23/2013 8:35:53 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: penelopesire
You ought to go see her timeline! It is a laugh riot what people are saying to her on Twitter...lol.

Here's some of the answers to

"@AmbassadorRice What is Bashar al Assad hiding?" :

Your Benghazi talking points?

Probably a hurtful YouTube video

Don't worry, no matter how bad you screw this up you'll get another promotion.

Your credibility?


41 posted on 08/23/2013 8:49:42 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: mojito

I believe Israel releases much of what our press doesn’t..and it’s intended to be that way Mojito.


42 posted on 08/23/2013 9:58:13 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rbg81
....”If Assad falls, Al Qaeda & the Brotherhood take over”....

Yes...same as with Libya....and Egypt..... Qaddafi, Mubarak, and Assad, all refused to go along with the Globalist agenda....they wanted to remain Sovereign Nations and not integrated into the block of nations the Globalists have determined will be.......so the thugs were sent in to topple them under the "mask" of Arab Spring".

43 posted on 08/23/2013 10:06:56 PM PDT by caww
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: mojito

Where are the anti war protesters?

Did everyone know that we flew B-2s over Libya?

This president has reached the stage of dictator with help from the GOP.


44 posted on 08/23/2013 11:59:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Girlene; rawhide

Preparing for a cruise missile strike based on the word of terrorists sounds like a mighty fine plan. Even is Assad did you chemical weapons so what? It is their war. You can only slaughter people with “conventional” weapons is just weird. I say use the whole stockpile. Then no one will have to worry about them anymore.


45 posted on 08/24/2013 7:25:17 AM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

46 posted on 08/24/2013 8:22:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obozoliar and his thugs in his outhouse lie 24/7/365. They are unable to tell the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: All

obama is being pressured to act? By his fellow muslims?


47 posted on 08/24/2013 8:01:24 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: VerySadAmerican

Nope. By his poll numbers.


48 posted on 08/24/2013 8:02:13 PM PDT by petitfour
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: rbg81
If Assad falls, Al Qaeda & the Brotherhood take over!

Guardian says chemical agents found at the rebels' caves and UN withholding their own investigation?

49 posted on 08/25/2013 2:18:47 AM PDT by hamboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson