Skip to comments.Official: White House seeks Syria response 'just muscular enough not to get mocked'
Posted on 08/28/2013 10:33:40 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Official: White House seeks Syria response 'just muscular enough not to get mocked' By Justin Sink - 08/28/13 12:45 PM ET
A U.S. official briefed on the military options being considered by President Obama told the Los Angeles Times that the White House is seeking a strike on Syria "just muscular enough not to get mocked."
"They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic," the official told the paper, giving credence to similar reports describing a limited military strike in the aftermath of last week's alleged chemical weapons attack.
NBC News reported earlier this week that the administration would launch three days of missile strikes, while CNN cited a senior administration official saying that the White House wanted to conclude any action before the president departs for the G-20 summit next week.
The New York Times also reported that the initial target list drafted by the Pentagon had fewer than 50 sites. The Pentagon has moved four U.S. Navy destroyers off the Syrian coast, which can launch low-altitude cruise missiles at selected sites.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that no course of action had been decided upon, but that the administration was not seeking "regime change" with its response.
"It is not our policy to respond to this transgression with regime change," he said.
In the U.K., foreign secretary William Hague said at a press conference that the government there was approaching the retaliation in Syria as a "very different situation from Iraq."
"Our government is going about it in an entirely different way," he said.
Meanwhile, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said Wednesday said his county would turn into a "graveyard of the invaders" if foreign powers intervened in its civil war.
The "colonialist threats" of Western powers "do not terrorize us because of the will and determination of the Syrian people, who will not accept being humiliated," Halqi said, according to AFP.
Now back to vacation planning.
Simply admitting this makes any effort epic fail.
In other words. This needs to be kept just political. Let’s not actually have a mission or try to do anything.
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Wow. The sad part is that I am not one bit surprised.
I guess this means sending a cruise missile up a camel’s butt is not an option
(paying attention Bubba?)
So we aren’t seeking regime change,,then why are we considering any military offensive? And what are the targets going to be, internet servers?
Really? And how much does each cruise missile and guided bomb cost these days? And fuel for any bombers that head into Syria and get shot at?
Sounds like it will be just muscular enough to provoke and be mocked.
Ah, so being mocked is an issue for this WH?
Mock them! We have found an achilles heel. Mock, mock, mock the White House!
Wow... now THAT'S a foreign policy to be proud of...
Committing a small act of war is like being “just a little bit pregnant.” Has anyone done the calculus to ask what a lone Syrian agent might do to this country in retaliation? If we believe they are capable of unleashing chemical warfare on their own population, why would they have any qualms about hitting the U.S. with the same weaponry? We know that DHS has no plans to seal our borders.
What an excellent plan by our Commander in Chief.
Everyone knows that it's a good idea to shake a hornets' nest just enough to make a strong statement, n'est ce pas?
Obama has already been mocked:
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is known for his sharp tongue, said on Twitter that “the West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade.”
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I wouldn't be surprised if this spun out of control for purple lips, as he is facing more determined foes, and O is being pro forma here.
He is waaay out of his league, and this won't end well.
I predict nuclear weapons will be detonated somewhere on this earth before the term of this complete loser is over.
Yep.. I'll bet that "monkey with a grenade" comment by the Russian foreign minister is still burning up The One's butt.
He's still got over a year before the mid-terms, and a closetful of other scandal shoes waiting to drop. He needs to keep the hornets stirred up and buzzing, not kill them.
Well they forgot to mention the birthday cake and xmas card...........
Can you imagine the response if a Bush Administration official had said this in 2006?
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