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.
And this idiot and all those around him, have miscalculated. The Russians and the Iranians will make O regret ever having done anything
Look out. Looks like Obama is really steamed . . . about the rodeo clown-thing.
Is this satire?
I get it - it’s all about nuance. We only want to kill just enough people to boost 0bama’s poll numbers. Theirs, ours, it really doesn’t matter.
Is there no limit to the incompetency of the Obamadork & crew?
(This is a self-answering question.)
“West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade.
I heard Dmitri is working on a spoof of a Peter Gabriel song,,but the new song will be called “Mock the Monkey”
may catch on
Or to a quiet room to play spades with Reggie.
“just muscular enough not to get mocked” ... unbelievable.
Obama-tized patriots, throughout history:
Bunker Hill, 1775, General William Prescott: “Don’t shoot too much after they make a remark about the whites of your eyes!”
North Africa, 1943, General George Patton, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by avoiding criticism.
Moon, 1969, Neil Armstrong: “Thats one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind. And stop making fun of the way I walk.”
1776 Virginia: “Give me liberty or give me a tax break.”
If this country was still “America” a president would have been run out of office for doing something like this. Fire some missiles and kill some people just to look tough.
We have to realize that when Obama talked about a “red line” he knew, or should have known, Assad would say “I’m color blind.”
You talk sense. Bombing Syria is a lose-lose situation. If it were the Syrian leadership using chemical weapons on their homelands, surely they'd be willing to use them on us. The other possibility (probability IMHO) is that it was the rebels. If we punish the Syrian gov't for using weapons they haven't used, isn't it a logical conclusion for them to use them?....let the crime fit the punishment.
Another thought: If Obama bombs Syria, what's to stop the rebels from using these weapons in the US and blaming the Syrian government? We'd already be partway down the slippery slope.
Apparently there were no hornet's nests in Nigeria, so how could Barry get the message?
He’s not incompetent. He is evil.