Over in Washington President Barack Obama is meeting his defence and foreign policy chifes this morning (as I write in northern England it is still morning in Washington) to discuss the next stage of the Obama / clinton regime change campaign in Syria. The National Security Council (NSC) is gathered this Friday to decide if we should kick off the global war with Russia and China now or wait until Obama's successor is sworn in in January. US officials say military options are to be mulled over, among other possibilities.
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In short that means Obama and his top security advisers are deciding whether to admit defeat in their bid to depose Assad, or escalate the conflict my attacking Syrian government targets, and by association positions occupied by Russian and Iranian personnel and military hardware.
One scenario to be discussed involves direct US military action in Syria (an invasuion, the insurrection by US sponsored ISIS and Al Nusra terrorists is a proxy invasion) including airstrikes on Syrian military, radar and anti-aircraft bases, as well as arms depots, Reuters reports citing high-ranking US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Another scenario to be considered is allowing coalition forces to provide the US-backed ‘moderate Syrian opposition’ with advanced ammunition and weaponry. Documents published recently by Wikileaks have shown this has been going on since the start of hostilities and, in her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed off orders to supply Al Nusra (Obama's beloved moderate rebels) with weapons, most of which ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters, the two organisations being linked.
US officials, however, signalled it was unlikely that Obama would actually give the green light to US airstrikes on Syrian government targets, or that he would make any specific decisions at the upcoming meeting (nothing new there then, Obama's trade mark throughout his presidency has been a marked lack of testicular fortitude).
Russian and Syrian troops are known to cooperate closely so targeting Syrian government forces could bring about a direct confrontation between the US and Russia, a development Obama has been trying to avoid.
Last week White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a press conference that although such action is unlikely to reduce violence, nothing can be taken off the table under the circumstances. According to a Washington Post report however, several top US officials have been considering striking positions of the Syrian military covertly and without a UN Security Council resolution.
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