[Saturday—200+ antiwar protestors in D.C., a good start (Protest at White House against Syria strikes).]
CALL FOR ACTION
[From all available indicators, it seems that nothing will stop the CIA President from fulfilling his appointment with oblivion. After giving the obligatory appearance of caring what the American people say or want, the dictator Obama will move forward to start World War III in Syria, within the next few days. What are you and I prepared to do to stop him?
WILL YOU RISK ARREST OR BODILY INJURY TO PREVENT WORLD WAR?
At the very least, concerned Americans by the thousands must be willing to swarm the White House and Congress, but more importantly, we must establish human blockades at military bases and other government offices. We especially have to focus upon Navy and Air Force bases, since this will be an their show (the Army share of this human tragedy will be covert). A large enough outpouring of popular derision upon Obama and the US Navy might be enough to cause hesitation at the top of the military food chain, or outright condemnation of Obama’s rush to world war, whereby the top Navy brass might emulate their predecessor, Adm. Wm. Fallon and his refusal to let nuclear war happen “on his watch.”
Has anybody stopped to consider that all of those cruise missiles and other Navy hardware will be flying over the heads of the Russian fleet, which now patrols Syrian coastal waters? If Russian and US navies come to blows, what will prevent an escalation to nuclear weapons?]
The Pentagon is readying more intense and longer attacks on Syria than originally planned, set to last three days, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: The Pentagon is readying more intense and longer attacks on Syria than originally planned, set to last three days, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that may have been missed or remain standing after the initial launch, the Times cited officials as saying.
Two US officers told the newspaper that the White House has asked for an expanded target list to include “many more” than the initial list of around 50 targets.
The move is part of an effort to obtain additional firepower to damage Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s dispersed forces.
Pentagon planners are now considering using Air Force bombers, as well as five US missile destroyers currently patrolling the eastern Mediterranean Sea, to launch cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles from far, out of range of Syrian air defences, according to the report.
The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group with one cruiser and three destroyers positioned in the Red Sea can also fire cruise missiles at Syria.
“There will be several volleys and an assessment after each volley, but all within 72 hours and a clear indication when we are done,” an officer familiar with the planning told the Times.
The intensified military planning comes as President Barack Obama prepares to personally make his case to the American people and further press reluctant lawmakers on the need for action after Assad allegedly used chemical weapons on his own people last month.
Obama is scheduled to tape interviews Monday with anchors of the three major broadcast networks, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News.
The interviews, to air that night, will precede Obama’s address to the nation Tuesday ahead of an expected full Senate vote.
The president favours a limited attack with only a reduced number of warplanes to drop bombs over Syria, according to the Times.
Amid doubts that a limited US offensive would sufficiently hamper Assad’s military capabilities, one officer told the newspaper that the planned operation would amount to a “show of force” over several days that would not fundamentally change the situation on the ground.
The planned US strike “will not strategically impact the current situation in the war, which the Syrians have well in hand, though fighting could go on for another two years,” another US officer said.