Showdown looms: Military strikes on Syria likely days away, warns US officials

August 28, 2013 SYRIAThe U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday. The State Department fed the growing drumbeat around the world for a military response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying that while the U.S. intelligence community would release a formal assessment within the week, it was already “crystal clear” that Assad’s government was responsible. Vice President Joe Biden went even further, bluntly telling an American Legion audience in Houston: “Chemical weapons have been used.” Vice President Joe Biden addresses the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the president’s response in a speech to the American Legion. “No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and there’s no doubt who’s responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime,” Biden said. White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated Tuesday that the White House isn’t considering the deliberate overthrow of Assad. “The options that we are considering are not about regime change,” said during a daily briefing with reporters.
 “They are about responding to the clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.” But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an influential voice on military matters, pressed the administration to go further, calling for the U.S. and its allies to provide weapons to “the resistance on the ground. The important part of this whole situation is, is this just going to be just a retaliatory strike that has no lasting impact or something that changes the momentum on the ground in Syria?” McCain told reporters in Mesa, Ariz., after an event on immigration reform. Senior officials told NBC News that Defense Department planning had advanced to the point that three days of strikes were anticipated, after which strategists could run an assessment and target what was missed in further rounds. Many Americans asked about the slaughter in Syria are torn as to how the U.S. should get involved. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports. U.S. missile strikes would almost certainly be launched from Navy destroyers or submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. in recent days has moved destroyers closer to Syria, which sits on the sea’s eastern edge, but that was mostly a symbolic move. U.S. Tomahawk missiles are so precise that they can hit not just buildings but also specific windows, and they could hit Syrian targets from far farther west in the Mediterranean. Navy officials said four destroyers are lined up ready to strike: the USS Barry, the USS Mahan, the USS Ramage and the USS Gravely. Tuesday, a fifth guided-missile destroyer, the USS Stout, also entered the Mediterranean, through the Straights of Gibraltar, but officials said it wouldn’t take part in any cruise missile attack. “The four destroyers now in place have more than enough cruise missiles,” one official said. –NBC
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15 Responses to Showdown looms: Military strikes on Syria likely days away, warns US officials

  1. frane says:

    Sounds like another “dramatic diversion”….There is absolutely no reason Assad would kill his own innocent people. He is not insane. The real prize there is cheap oil, and it’s in nobody’s interest to disrupt that “golden goose”. Remember the “dramatic diversion” of North Korea a month or so ago?

    Sincerely hope the U.S. gets itself away from the centuries-old Mid-East mess and starts to concentrate on safe alternative energy at home.

    350 people killed from a chemical, Sarin, are not an excuse to put the U.S. into the middle of yet another civil war…. 2 million were killed in the Sudan, and the U.S. didn’t care – no oil there.

    Then again, what happened to those biological weapons that Syria got from Iraq? Now, That might be something to worry about….

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    • Hopeful1 says:

      Frane, what are you talking about? Assad has been killing “his own people” via this civil war for over 2 years, including innocent women and children.

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      • frane says:

        You are entirely correct – I Should have said that it made no sense for him to do it at this point in time. Both sides are evil – on one hand, you have the Muslim Brotherhood and on the other Al Qaeda – pick your demon. It’s a lose/lose situation for us to be involved in this!

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  2. landoflost says:

    Russia is warning the US not to attack Syria or there will a great consequences if they do not listen the warnings and attack a soveriegn country. “WORLD WAR III STARTED ON A LIE. Now we will see who is on the right side of history. Warmongers Obama and Cameron are willing to go to war on the lie of chemical weapons, to support Al Qaeda in the killing of innocent civilians. Two different parties than Blair and Bush but a repeat of the same lies. More killing of millions of innocent civilians in

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  3. landoflost says:

    The Human race as we know it is at the end stages leading up to the soon world war 3 bible prophecy the Nuclear exchange will be devastating to mankind as we know it. Not much is talked about on a day to day basis as if there is no threat seems mankind is in denial of the nuclear threat. The reality is our world is in chaos and all it takes is a command and push of a finger and a nuclear exchange has begun that cant be stopped…..USA, Israel, Iran at doorstep….China, Russia, Korea, India…and other nations….have the potential to start world war 3….the threat is real……everything is in place for this final hour…the question is not if rather when….today? Tomorrow? ???? are you ready/prepared for eternity….or to live through a nuclear exchange if you survive? Do you want to go to heaven? be good

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  4. Dennis E. says:

    If this article is true and I have reasons to doubt, then by Mid-September 2013 we could be involved in a shooting war in the Middle East with Russia and many countries, to include the USA, could be suffering from damage from limited nuclear strikes by terrorists or from The Russian’s.

    The only way I see that that event could be avoided if the UN/US can convince Putin that we seek not regime change but the removal of Assad’s ability to use Chemical Weapons on his own people,allegedly. There were alleged reports that the rebels had captured chemical weapons over a year ago. Also, some have pondered if Benghazi was a front for sending weapons to Syrian Rebels of which I do not support. Could have The US sent Chemical weapons through that Portal?

    In my opinion, this is a very dangerous time for the entire world. On the other hand, and I may eat my words, I believe BO is too much of a wimp to pull the trigger.

    That is my opinion………..

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    • fustinc@yahoo.com says:

      I agree completely with what you say, but unfortunately our (USA) reputation is too bad to convince Putin of that…it also seems to me that we are testing Russia too- to see what kind of reaction we will get out of them.

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    • ShelbyZ says:

      Pres Obama has no issues with getting involved to protect American interests. He has said as much and his previous actions support this. I can see the U.S. setting up a no-fly zone, sending some cruise missile strikes to soften the targets, some special weapons to take out some of the chems, and then sending in special ops (maybe the rangers?) to secure the remaining chemical weapons. That is a best guess… The Assad regeime does NOT need chemical weapons- period. Someone needs to remove them from his grasp. If not us – who? Will this start WWIII? Doubt it. Of course the caveat is – will Syria strike at Israel? If it DOES, that may change the whole situation.

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  5. Irene C says:

    “it was already “crystal clear” that Assad’s government was responsible.”?? I guess that depends whose propaganda you believe. It also depends on which side you’re backing. I believe that Assad was set-up to make it look like he’s the one who used chemical weapons. Of course, that’s just IMO.

    @Dennis, I agree. Our beloved leader (sarc) is a wimp and had bitten off more than he can chew. Either that, or he’s backing the wrong horse, the Muslim Brotherhood. Either way, he just might go down in history (what’s left of it) as the president who ignited WW3 and helped fulfill prophecy.

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  6. richfish30 says:

    I’m just in highschool and I really want to know if America could get bombed by Russia or other Enemies like countries of the US if we attacked Syria?? For once I actually believe all hell will break loose soon!

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    • quantum soul says:

      Hi richfish,
      The answer to your question is an unfortunately definitive and terrifying YES, we could be. In the event of a full scale thermonuclear exchange, which could happen quite literally inside a half an hour, every major population center from coast to coast, including every military installation from Maine to California, would be targeted and incinerated. Perhaps as many as 50 million people in this country would be instantly vaporized with another 150 million or more suffering from the affects of fallout, not to mention the millions upon millions of citizens in aggressor countries the US targeted with our own ICBM’s. The entire globe would be cast into darkness, as the ensuing nuclear winter would likely block out the sun’s rays for decades. Centuries would pass before the planet was again habitable, and the Northern hemisphere could potentially remain a deadly radioactive wasteland for thousands or even millions of years.

      It’s called MAD, or mutually assured destruction, and the scenario I just described to you has served as the most powerful deterrent for nuclear war since we learned how to split the atom. Everybody loses, forever. So let’s just pray this horrific nightmare never, ever comes to fruition. Because only prayer and the mercy of God is what stands between us the mad men who may yet see fit to condemn us all to such a fate…

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  7. I do not believe Assad used chemical weapons on his people. I firmly believe this chemical attack was orchestrated by the MOSSAD not unlike the CIA causing the Libya situation which led to Ghadafi’s murder. I am no fan of the ex tyrant of Libya but it is disgusting and barbaric, in humane and embarrassing to view his murder. In addition, I feel that the hanging of Saddam Hussein was barbaric. Al war is deplorable, horrific~ of course I am angry at they way these insane dictators treat their people, yet honestly I do not understand it. How can I be so naive at 53? When I see all of the gold that Ghadafi had and the conditions of his people I was baffled, what a “high” he could have experienced giving his people education, hospital’s, science, food technology and he had more than enough money to do so.Assad? I do not know much about his country except that he hid Nazi’s; What is wrong with the human race? We cold be united and spending all of this money on Terra-Forming Mars. Or Terra_Forming the Sahara Desert to feed more people. I do not think Iran is stupid enough to take this bait. This is all a ploy by Israel to drag us into a confrontation with Iran.I do not believe the US, CIA was involved, America does not want any more wars in the Middle East. Israel has showed the world its true colors for many years murdering innocent Palestinian woman and children. They are indeed more capable of using Chemical weapons than Assad.

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  8. jade says:

    I wont be fighting any of their wars for their profit.

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