“President Barack Obama is confident that Congress would vote in favor of U.S. military action in Syria and said the United States had a broader plan to help rebels defeat President Bashar al-Assad’s forces,” Reuters reports:During a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, Obama called for a prompt vote on Capitol Hill and reiterated that the U.S. plan would be limited in scope and not repeat the long U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.“What we are envisioning is something limited. It is something proportional. It will degrade Assad’s capabilities,” Obama said. “At the same time we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition.”
Providing substantial assistance to moderate rebel factions is an “essential adjunct” to any military strikes, said a former official who previously served as the Obama administration’s liaison with the Syrian opposition.Any strikes should be more than a “pinprick operation or shot across the bows” and the [[[[U.S. must “get really serious about supporting the mainstream opposition,” the Atlantic Council’s Fredric C. Hof told a meeting of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.]]]]
[ed notes;besides being a tool for atlantic council and closely tied to zionist israhell war lobby winep,he is part of the armitage group...beyond that hes also tied to the middle east policy council,whos board of directors and advisors include a spectaculor roster of who's who in CIA,RAND,and globalist FORTUNE 500 companies...hes also a CFR member,rafiq hariri think tank associate and world affairs council(one world gov advocacy group)darling...
Officials have a “highly refined understanding of who it wants to support,” he said at the launch of Matthew Levitt’sThe moderate opposition forces fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army “continue to lead the fight against the Syrian regime,” says Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, a Syria expert at the Institute for the Study of War and a specialist on militant organizations in the Arab World:[[[[[While traveling with some of these Free Syrian Army battalions, I’ve watched them defend Alawi and Christian villages from government forces and extremist groups. ]]]]] [[[[They’ve demonstrated a willingness to submit to civilian authority, working closely with local administrative councils. And they have struggled to ensure that their fight against Assad will pave the way for a flourishing civil society.]]]]] One local council I visited in a part of Aleppo controlled by the Free Syrian Army was holding weekly forums in which citizens were able to speak freely, and have their concerns addressed directly by local authorities.
[ed notes:come on who wouldnt trust a lackey from institute for the study of war?
so what that institute is really a federal funded think tank wich has promoted regime change and war aganst Syria under ''the Syria project''? see.. http://www.shoah.org.uk/2012/11/20/the-naked-facts-report-u-s-mideast-diplomacy-in-transition-new-era-new-principles/ http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/10/regime-change-inc.html
Report on the US Institute of Peace Operation Peace Institute "Peace Spooks"
“Moderate opposition groups make up the majority of actual fighting forces, and they have recently been empowered by the influx of arms and money from Saudi Arabia and other allied countries, such as Jordan and France,” O’Bagy writes for The Wall Street Journal: Thanks to geographic separation from extremist strongholds and reliable support networks in the south, even outdated arms sent by the Saudis, like Croatian rocket-launchers and recoilless rifles, have allowed moderate rebel groups to make significant inroads into areas that had previously been easily defended by the regime, and to withstand the pressure of government forces in the capital. In recent months, the opposition has achieved major victories in Aleppo, Idlib, Deraa and Damascus—nearly reaching the heart of the capital—despite the regime’s consolidation in Homs province.
[ed notes:is she seriously arguing that the enw increased arms shipments by saudi arabia,jordan and zionist france,are going to moderates?lol sure and im sure shed also argue that saudi arms and funds to extremists in pakistan like lashkar-e-jhangvi members are only for its more moderate peaceful elements within it who instead of bombing mosqes,targetting civilian shia,are going towards conciliatory ends..sigh!
A minimalist approach to striking the Assad regime should be avoided, according to some observers.“The more limited and symbolic it is the more disastrous it would be for the US and its partners…It would be worse than doing nothing,” says Hof, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.“It would only confirm Assad’s view that it is safe to walk up to the president of the United States and slap him in the face, as appears to have been the case in this most recent incident,” he told the Christian Science Monitor: .The scope of the Syrian regime’s reaction is dependent on the scale of the attack against Syria, analysts say. Mr. Assad’s priority remains the defeat of his domestic opponents, not a broader regional conflagration that could end up destroying his army and toppling his regime.“[The regime's’] interest is that if the attack is going to happen, let it happen and let the Americans leave. If they really retaliate in a major way, the only effect that might have is to drag the Americans back in,” says Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Endowment’s Middle East Center in Beirut. “They will wait for the attack to happen, wait for the Americans to go home, and then continue from where they left off.”“Syria is a problem that threatens regional security and America’s vital interests in the Middle East,” writes Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies:The war has created a humanitarian crisis that threatens to overwhelm Syria’s neighbors; touched off sectarian conflict that has destabilized Lebanon and Iraq; and provided Al Qaeda with a vast area of operation, stretching across Syria and into Iraq. These are not easy problems to resolve, but there will be no resolution without American leadership. And failing to provide that leadership is bound to lead to the very outcome the Obama administration has been trying to avoid: intervention.“The Obama administration has unwittingly found itself boxed in. If it carries out a military response to Mr. Assad’s use of chemical weapons that is limited to punishment and does not seriously weaken the Syrian military, there could be one of two outcomes,” writes Nasr, author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat:
[[[[[The first is that the Assad regime falls, which would mean that Syria, or chunks of it, could be ruled by radical Islamists associated with Al Qaeda — producing new and
[ed notes:bingo!!!exactly the outcome desired by zionist west...they used their client regimes in gulf,turkey,and zionist ran allies in europe to arm extremists and al qaeda(mercenaries at behest of gcc),to destabilize Syria,bring about regime change,then zionist ran us will intervene claiming to fight al qaeda who became too strong...problem is its us allies who funded and arme dthese alqaeda elements,wich exposes the whole facade and illusion wich is to be utilized as argument to intervene and occupy Syria claiming to fight alqaeda..how can you claim to figth alqaeda extremists wich are brought there by your puppet client regimes in gulf?when did zionist us govt denounce that part?never!
“It is in America’s strategic interest, then, to take decisive action to mortally wound the Assad regime,” Nasr asserts. “The risks of intervention are great, and success is uncertain, but doing nothing would be, at this point, far worse.” [ed notes:vali nasr is a zionist scumbag..some backround... Vali Nasr, Dean at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, ...JOHN HOPKINS SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED INT STUDIES IS ANOTHER HOTBED OF CONSPIRACIES PROMOTING NEOCOLONIALISM,AND SUBVERSIVE AGENDAS IN MENA REGION..SEE THESE.. Older Post - THENAKEDFACTS Older Post - THENAKEDFACTS Older Post - THENAKEDFACTS Confronting Damascus: U.S. Policy Toward the Evolv... - thenakedfacts
[[[[Republicans should back a motion to strike Syria, even if they think it will “prove ineffective, do no good, waste money, entail unforeseen risks or if they have no confidence in (Mr Obama’s) judgment,” says James Ceaser, a prominent conservative intellectual.“The simple fact is that the nation and our allies will be at further risk if the world sees a presidency that is weakened and that has no credibility to act,” he said in a blog post.]]]]]
“There are good arguments against attacking Syria. But none of them have anything to do with whether a random American could find the place on a map,” writes The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.“I could point out Syria on an unlabeled map, but am only 30 percent confident of my ability to locate Damascus,” admits Anne-Marie Slaughter, who served as director of policy planning for the State Department from 2009 to 2011.But so what? “In every crisis, whether from natural disaster or human agency, places we had either never heard of or knew only vaguely about suddenly focus our attention,” she continues. “How many people could have told you where Pearl Harbor was when it was attacked? Or Poland when it was invaded by the Nazis?” asks Slaughter, a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Some observers suggest that strikes will do little to downgrade the regime’s military capacity because it has had time to move men and materiel into safe areas.But it is unclear how much the government’s precautions change the tactical picture, said Kamel Wazne, a political analyst who runs the Center for American Strategic Studies in Beirut.[[[[[[[“Syria’s new military doctrine is starting to resemble the resistance doctrine]]]],” Mr. Wazne told The New York Times….…. referring to guerrilla tactics in which forces are dispersed and there is no center of gravity that can be easily taken out. With the help of its allies Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group, Mr. Assad’s forces have adapted, shifting emphasis from a conventional army trained to repel an invasion to a counterinsurgency force made up of smaller mobile units made up of security forces and local militias, Mr. Wazne and other analysts said.]]]]]]