Obama Prioritizes War
War plans ready on Syria. Expect it. It's coming.
by Stephen Lendman
Colleagues say killing comes easy for Obama. So does his insatiable appetite for war. Duplicitous rhetoric hides it. Close advisors know better.
America is on a fast track toward attacking Syria. Humanitarian intervention hypocrisy justified war on Libya. Expect something similar used for Damascus.
On May 30, The New York Times headlined "For the White House, a Wary Wait as Syria Boils," saying:
Former Syrian ambassador Edward Djerejian said:
"You may come to the point where you have the Srebrenica syndrome."
Never mind that it was more myth than massacre.
"Once a (real or contrived) humanitarian disaster looms so large, the international community becomes forced to act despite the national security considerations and the more levelheaded thinking on the consequences of military action."
Whether Houla killings rise to that level remains to be seen. Obama advisors expect him to respond aggressively. It's planned. It's coming. If not Houla, then perhaps Houla 2.0 will trigger it.
Lots of scenarios can be contrived. Incidents are easily instigated, manipulated, and exploited. "Every week or so, a cabinet or deputy cabinet-level meeting" convenes on Syria. Options stress more aggressiveness.
Pentagon war plans are ready. Bombs away could happen any time. US land, sea and air forces are positioned nearby. Britain, France, other NATO partners, and regional allies stand ready to help.
Hawkish UN envoy Susan Rice said if crisis resolution isn't found, Washington and partner nations will have to decide whether to act "outside of the authority of this Council."
"At this point, (it) does not seem" likely that Assad will "immediately implement its commitments under the Annan plan as it's obliged to do under UN Security Council resolutions."