U.S. options in attacking Syria
(KPLR) – In Wednesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at what happens if the U.S. attacks Syria.
War just ain’t what it used to be. Long range U.S. missile strikes against Iraq in 1998, missile and airstrikes against Libya in 2011 and now several hundred cruise missiles carried by four U.S. Destroyers off the coast of Libya. You can add to them the firepower of the American Aircraft Carriers Nimitz and Truman, each about 24 hours away from Syria and U.S. warplanes at two bases in Turkey along with F-16′s stationed in Jordan. Then there are two American air bases in Italy. All of them add up to a strike force against Syria that wouldn’t have to cross anyone else’s borders to start bombing.
But why? It’s not to overthrow the Bashar al Assad dictatorship in Syria. It’s not to put American troops in Syria. It’s to teach the Assad regime a painful lesson. But it’s a lesson that’ll be taught by wiping out mostly empty buildings. You see, the list of probable targets in Syria has already been pretty well leaked. There are nine Syrian bases that might be used to store or launch chemical weapons. There’s the Syrian fourth armored division, which launched the alleged chemical attacks against civilians.
There’s Assad’s presidential palace and government and military buildings in Damascus. There’s at least one nuclear reactor, power plants, major bridges, the usual suspects. The U.S. is pretty well letting it be known what will be hit and people are clearing out of those areas. Which is fine, the Obama administration just wants to make a mess of things for Assad, so he won’t use nerve gas against his own people again.
But what then? Because the U.S. and other democracies have stayed out of the Syrian Civil War, the rebels there are more and more made up of al-Qaida sympathizers. So will pulverizing Assad help Islamic fundamentalist radicals? Possibly. Is the Obama administration really interested in foreign affairs at all? Not so much. Obama’s agenda is economic, period. And could this all get out of control? You bet, especially if Iran reacts by hitting Israel with missiles. That’s how world wars start. So this could be a clean, surgical, limited military strike by the U.S., unless it isn’t.
I’m Charles Jaco and that’s Jacology.