Obama Orders Military to Expand Syrian Targets

Instructions come as Congress prepares to vote on air strikes against forces of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad

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President Obama attends a working meeting of the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg on Sep. 5, 2013.

UPDATE: At a Sept. 6 press conference, President Obama has described the Times report as “inaccurate.” Read more here.

The Pentagon is apparently developing an expanded list of potential targets in Syria after receiving intelligence that President Bashar Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons.

The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama has ordered military chiefs to concentrate on “degrading” the chemical-weapons capabilities of Assad. That involves expanding upon the 50 or so initial sites identified with French forces before the decision to seek congressional approval was taken on Saturday.

(MORE: At the G-20, Obama’s Syria Efforts Take a Hit as Putin Gains Support)

Any strike would not be directly aimed at chemical stockpiles — as that would carry the risk of releasing toxic agents — but rather at army units designated with their storage and preparation, as well as at Syria’s military top brass.

The bulk of any American attack would likely be carried out by cruise missiles from four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

MOREAl-Qaeda’s Proxies Among Syria’s Rebels Scared by Threat of U.S. Strikes

[New York Times]

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179 comments
YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

It is not enough to degrade Assad's WMD capabilities. More than 100,000 civilians were killed by his "conventional" weapons, unconventionally targeted indiscriminately at innocent civilians. The free world powers should degrade every military asset that the regime which that can be used to continue the genocide: tanks, warplanes, helicopters and all kinds of missiles. Assad's army may be left with small caliber "police grade" weapons to prevent the repetition of the chaos of post Saddam Iraq, and allowed to continue the campaign against Al Qaida affiliated groups. Personally, Assad can be redeemed if he takes upon himself to honestly guide Syria towards real democracy, even if this is of the less than satisfying Arab Spring variety. He can be constructive in the process if only he'd accept that his role is to facilitate the transformation – not to prolong the status quo. In this scenario, the free world can guarantee him a safe haven. Even forgiveness, if he'd just save the Syrian population from the bleak future that the war is sure to bring, whatever is the triumphant in its endgame.

Vijay Divecha
Vijay Divecha

HURRY-UP UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.....Show em who and what is USA about.....

Yoshi
Yoshi

So, he's already made up his mind? What a surprise! WW3, here we come!

Esraa Vorenus
Esraa Vorenus

Elaine you have facts 8) are you Kerry and this is one of your fake accounts ? :)

Eileen Miller
Eileen Miller

@Haneefah Gayle that means you don't like the Jews!!!

YeOldeSnark
YeOldeSnark

If Congress votes down Obama's bellicose action against Syria it must give thought to denying him any funding for a military engagement without congressional authorization. . If Obama is still bent on war,  Democrats should also try to convince Obama to step down and permit VP Biden time  to put Obama's Humpty Dumpty back together again over the next 3 years.

Jean Pierre Joubert
Jean Pierre Joubert

Your gonna get your fingers burnt Mr. Obama! Direct your Freedom Fries elsewhere!

Citizenshipmtrs
Citizenshipmtrs

@ParamjitGarewal Obama's war on America: IRS, EPA, NSA, taxes, OCare, debt, no jobs. Ordered F&F and Benghazi gun running. Prevent WW III

Haneefah Gayle Gililland
Haneefah Gayle Gililland

American is controlled by the Jews. Israel has an agenda and I bet to take land away from the surrounding Muslim countries. I have nothing against jews but I do hate Israel.

Andrew Woolley
Andrew Woolley

If things go ahead, who will pay for the US efforts, Syria?

Diana Boutros
Diana Boutros

Seriously, this guy is out of his mind, the US is not in any condition to go into another war... Wanna know something if the Syrians can agree on anything is that they don't want obama to intervene.

Thoha Al-Aswad
Thoha Al-Aswad

It's so funny how Obama wants to intervene, he and so confident that he'll will be successful, and "helpful"...I'm sorry but when was last successful "intervening" mission? Iraq? Afghanistan? Vietnam? How about Obama saves the world the extra Chaos, and deals with problems in the US like the economy, unemployment.... Besides intervening means spending more money, going more in dept, and.. Hitting a harsher recession!

CliffordSpencer
CliffordSpencer

Even though Hitler was a monster, he did not use gas as a military weapon.

  he had no compulsion against using gas to murder Jewish captives.

  However, he could not get his horses to wear gas masks.

  Towards the end of the war; Hitler did not have his armories.

  He no longer had mechanized warfare.

  Assad faces a similar end!

Tarab Ameer
Tarab Ameer

soon these cold blooded reptiles will walk the earth instead of humans.

Nikolay Nikolov
Nikolay Nikolov

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are reimbursing all USA' s expenses in this war, so the military actions can be expanded.

Elaine N Lala
Elaine N Lala

Assad is a war criminal his era is over now we have facts

Afellat AbdelJawad
Afellat AbdelJawad

if syria uses nuclear bomb , would you stil have the same opinion ?

Donna Jonas
Donna Jonas

Boy, that didn't take long. And, Congress hasn't even decided yet.

Shane Schuller
Shane Schuller

Obama is not a terrorist - in fact a terrorist is an activist who fights for a cause, motivated by the community struggles, and ready to give up his/her life to be heard or impact. That don't mean I agree with their methods, however we must define the term correctly and not be driven by propaganda as if they are inhumane altogether. Terrorist vs war generals is a huge disparity. Wars kill far more people than terrorist who aim and plan their targets. War mongers, such as the US and their allies, manipulate innocent people to subscribe to their cause, as if they actually peace warriors. It makes no sense to use tools of death in hope to bring peace. Obama, and all other controlled past presidents, are war mongering individuals who's intent is self serving - that's that. They VIOLATE human rights... Women and children are killed in these battles, mothers loose their sons and daughters in the army, cities are destroyed and people are divided in culture or beliefs thereafter. We cannot deny this truth. So again Obama does not 'qualify' as a terrorist because is not dignified nor humble enough to give up his life for a cause. He takes orders and gives them.

Shane Schuller
Shane Schuller

Thomas you assumed I'm Christian - No I'm not. I'm not anything - I'm autonomous, but not an atheist, and that's the way the world should be so we can free ourselves of dogma and ignorance. Religions are the cause for disunity and wars. It once helped humanity but now hurts us. So we've outgrown it a thousand years ago.

Ibrahim Mayya
Ibrahim Mayya

He wants to kill more innocent Syrian people and bring cover for his friends from al-Qaeda ..

arvay
arvay

It's starting to become clear what's happening here.
Iran has started to do conciliatory things, making it ever less  practical to paint them as a crazed and hostile power, bent on making nuclear weapons.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/06/iran-foreign-minister-condemns-holocaust/
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893004579057231496060624.html
So the orders may have gone out -- strike Syria and provoke an Iranian response.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/adelson-new-obama-ally-as-jewish-groups-back-syria-strike.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-organizations-in-us-support-syria-strike/
Now that the election is over, Obama should be free from Israeli pressure.
So this is either because:
a: He is and has always been at his core an Israel uber alles believer. 
b: they have something on him that they'll reveal if he doesn't play ball
Some things smell very bad
Here's Samantha Power, a reported advocate of a strike, and our face at the UN.
 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/16/how_michael_jacksons_rabbi_made_samantha_power_kosher_shmuley_boteach
The American people at large are vehemently opposed to this new war. McCain is being shouted down in his hime district, by people who are emphatically not liberals.
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mccain-berated-over-syria-at-arizona-town-halls
So the question is -- who's in charge?
American and Russian warships are converging on the region.
The next question may very well be --  after an unimaginable disaster -- who' s responsible?

Live LongAnd Prosper
Live LongAnd Prosper

Anihilate all world politicians. They did not bring anything good to mankind.

Erica Hill
Erica Hill

What is the difference between Obama and Bush? Bush went to war because he was given faults intelligence and they came to us on 9/11. Obama is going there to fight someone else mess. He needs to fix our own mess here.

Erin Edge
Erin Edge

check him out .. The look of him has altered and he now resembles a mad man intent on the annihilation of any who stand against his warped sense of self

Mohammad Shafiq Khan
Mohammad Shafiq Khan

Watch what America is doing with Muslims of the world. Leaked Documents: U.S. Framed Syria in Chemical Weapons Attack Watch what. http://www.ForbiddenKnowledgeTV.com/page/24370.html (the video was got dropped by America as the video had shown an old interview with the American Army General wherein he stated there had been a plan with Pentagon under which the Governments of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia & Iran are to be toppled and the Sarin gas was delivered by America to rebels). Now see the rationality of America & United Nations. The monk responsible for killing of Muslims in Myanmar is free and is openly campaigning for genocide of Muslims. Muslims have no police protection in Myanmar and Myanmar government is just not answerable to international community according to America & United Nations. Read & see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23846632 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23874521 But America is free to attack Syria against international laws as no self defense is involved or authorization of United Nations is needed. American (including its news agencies CNN & BBC) politicians think nobody knows anything as if world is full of idiots & animals. They should know in this age of IT everyone knows everything. Shameless crooks.

bgs79
bgs79

@TIME @TIMEWorld how can i believe somebody(obama) from begin insiste to put down bashar al asad and support terrorism

Rodger O'Connor
Rodger O'Connor

Why is the hell do people keep bringing up Bush. This is Obama's baby...he wants this. I think he will act even with approval. I am a Democrat, but I am not going to blame Bush for this upcoming war if it takes place. Is this the best we can do is to blame Bush? Obama knows we have other wars going on, but he just chooses to talk his red line. The buck stops with him as POTUS! He has no support, but he determined to put this Country in turmoil. I say we invade the violence in Chicago before we get involved with Stria. Obama promised to keep us out of war and bring our troops home

Stephen P. Porter
Stephen P. Porter

I support the immediate deployment of 535 Senators and Congressmen, 1 President, 1 Vice President, All 30 something CZARS and the complete cabinet to Syria to do whatever they feel necessary to effect the Syrian Civil War, since he is the senior ex military person John McCain is appointed Commanding Officer and Lindsay Graham is Executive Officer, if medical help is needed Major Hasan will be released to support. All costs can be covered by the monies saved by the military during the sequester to fund their activities. If they need any other support they can take the 12 million illegal aliens they want to give a pathway to citizenship. We the People will elect a new government which will be more responsive to our needs.

Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar
Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar

The harm is small find that to be different is considered large. USA is a world power and has always looked for peace. Even before the attacks of September 11 remained inert and only sought terrorist leader rather than a war. These governments in the East dictators must end! We must fight for democracy from those who can not afford to fight because they are poor and they are few. Obama want a friend in Brazil intervention to arrest the thieves and corrupt politicians.

Jamesally
Jamesally

mr. khara obama !!   SYRIA is not a Vietnam , dont screw things up again >????

andbary
andbary

@YehudaElyadaYou lie and repeat a lie!


Lying in each presentation of the facts!

1. 1,429 people have 432 children

Lies!

2. Assad destroying evidence

Traces remain of sarin during 3 months!

3. UN experts do not determine who is to blame

UN experts are fragments of missiles, but they can and examine the very poison!

4. In Syria, there is no influence of Al Qaeda

Lies!

5. We intercepted conversations ... We have 3 days to know what will be applied to gas ...

No comment!

Now they intercepted conversations of Iranian intelligence about an attack on the U.S. embassy. It can be argued that just attack!

CliffordSpencer
CliffordSpencer

@Afellat AbdelJawad ,

  Yep.

  Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!

  If they had the nuclear bomb; they would have used it!

CliffordSpencer
CliffordSpencer

@Ama Ni Mirang ,

  THREE US president won the Nobel Peace Prize!

  President Carter did!

  President Obama did!

   President Teddy Roosevelt did!

  President Teddy Roosevelt was a war mongerer?

CliffordSpencer
CliffordSpencer

@Erica T Hill ,

  What was the difference between Hoover and FDR?

  Hoover had his picture taken with Hitler.

  FDR did NOT!