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Amendment language said it's not a declaration of war or authorization of force. It didn't rule them out. It wants US military options evaluated. It suggests establishing a no-fly zone. 

Attack Patriot missiles deployed on Syria's border impose one. The Senate amendment adds more teeth. It suggests possible intervention in one of three ways or a combination of two or more.

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US aggression may involve offensive Patriot missiles, no-fly zones over population centers, and/or US-led NATO air strikes.

Backers called the amendment a "reasonable assessment" of how Pentagon forces can degrade and deter Assad's air capability. Some call it step one toward direct US involvement.

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Senators want to be kept informed about plans. Most House members likely concur. They passed their NDAA measure earlier this year. Both versions will be reconciled once a final Senate bill passes. Obama will sign it into law. 

He made baseless threats about Syria's chemical weapons. He called using them crossing a "red line." He's looking for ways to provoke full-scale intervention.

When America wants war, pretexts are claimed to justify it. When none exist, they're invented. Washington wants Assad removed. Expect full-scale war. It's coming. 

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Timing may follow Obama's January inauguration. It could be sooner. Reports suggest Israeli involvement in plans to remove Assad. A previous article discussed Israel approaching Jordanian officials about attacking Syrian chemical weapons sites.

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