Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Report: Obama Speeds Up Limited Air Strike, No-Fly Zones Preparations for Syria

US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria, debkafile reports. Their mission will be to knock out Assad’s central regime and military command centers so as to shake regime stability and restrict Syrian army and air force activity for subduing rebel action and wreaking violence on civilian populations.

debkafile’s sources disclose that the US President decided on this step after hearing Russian officials stating repeatedly that “Moscow would support the departure of President Bashar al-Assad if Syrians agreed to it.” This position was interpreted as opening up two paths of action

What we have in Syria is not a popular uprising like what we saw in Egypt. What we are getting is something more akin to what happened in Libya. The situation may even deteriorate to the conditions we saw in Iraq.

Although there are problems with the Assad regime, the alternative at the moment looks very bleak. To avoid more massacres and a civil war it is probably better to see Assad prevail until a time when peaceful elections can be held.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 13th, 2012.]

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