In a speech earlier today Obama said, “Our military has positioned assets in the region. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I’m prepared to give that order.”
Now congress is set to meet about this on the week of September 9th. So, by our president’s own admission, this is not about the safety of the Syrian people or the Assad regime’s ability to use chemical weapons on them or anybody. Clearly if this was about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons and all the reported Syrian deaths, waiting for nine days — nine days in which more chemical weapons attacks among other potential acts of violence could occur — waiting all that time to strike makes no sense.
It’s pretty clear that’s not even remotely what this is about. Stay tuned.
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