As Twitchy reported, audio leaked from a recent meeting between John Kerry and Syrian civilians included Kerry’s claim that he was the guy in the administration who had fought for military strikes against the Assad regime, but he lost the battle with other senior officials.
Suddenly, it seems the administration is getting serious about drawing a red line in Syria and enforcing it this time, according to Josh Rogin of the Washington Post.
Rogin: Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, againhttps://t.co/FxDpgaBpDg
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 4, 2016
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) October 4, 2016
US Considering Air Strikes On Assad Regime After Top General Warns It Could Lead To War With Russia https://t.co/1jojFHK9Bt
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 4, 2016
Whatever happened to the secretary of state who handed the Russians that prop reset button? What a joke that was.
Tis the season for considering, weighing, contemplating, examining, scrutinizing, & mulling over options. https://t.co/xLauF2lKRC
— Mike (@Doranimated) October 4, 2016
More posturing to pretty-please the Russians back to the table. Obama administration considering strikes on Assad https://t.co/QGQ7jGdYIu
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) October 4, 2016
The main opposition from inside the Obama administration will come from President Obama himself, Rogin reports: “there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve” U.S. military strikes.
Then, of course, there’s the U.N. Security Council to deal with. “One proposed way to get around the White House’s long-standing objection to striking the Assad regime without a U.N. Security Council resolution,” said an official, “would be to carry out the strikes covertly and without public acknowledgment.”
When the administration is talking about the formidable impediment of the UNSC, you know they're not serious. https://t.co/uL2XdxiT0R
— Kyle W. Orton (@KyleWOrton) October 4, 2016