Prediction: Obama to Attack Syria
President Obama will wage a Kosovo-style war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
– azleader, opinion, 8/26/2013
Lets make it an official prediction!
President Obama will initiate a Kosovo-style air war over Syria in response to al-Assad’s latest chemical attacks.
It will start as soon as U.S. air power is in place…. perhaps within days.
It may use cruise missiles to take out government air capability and air defenses that could be used against U.S. aircraft.
He might also take out chemical facilities.
President Obama news conference on 8/20/2012:
A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilized
– President Barack Obama, news conference, 8/20/2012
President Obama will finally make good on his “red line” promise… with or without NATO.
The Kosovo Model
The Kosovo air campaign started under U.N. resolution 1199. U.N. support this time is unlikely because of strained relations between the U.S. and Russia, and Putin’s steadfast support for Syria. Russia has a naval base in Syria and supplies it weapons.
Russia has veto power over any U.N. resolution.
Like Kosovo, Obama will use limited precision airstrikes and a phased air campaign. Obama ordered an examination of the Kosovo air war as a model for Syria.
Like Kosovo, the President will act for humanitarian reasons.
Unlike Kosovo, Syria has sophisticated missile air defense and warplanes that will have to be taken out first.
Syria, in some cases, has used chemical weapons against its own people while killing over 100,000 civilians during Syria’s bloody two and a half year old civil war. Al-Assad has brought in foreign fighters and Hezbollah mercenaries.
Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s “red line”… several times.
Reuters reported yesterday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon has prepared options for the President, moved naval forces in the Mediterranean into place and is ready to strike… if asked by the President.
The countdown has begun!