“US officers” told the paper that the Pentagon is drawing up
plans for 3 days of strikes against a list of targets significantly longer than
the original list of 50, though it is still expected to be more a
“show of force” than an attempt to influence events on the
the report, the US military could utilize Air Force bombers, in addition
to five US missile destroyers currently patrolling the eastern
The plan would include two waves of strikes:
an initial barrage against the extended list of targets, to be followed by a
secondary one which would aim to strike missed targets, or those which hadn’t
been destroyed by the first.
would involve the use of cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles which
would be launched from outside of the range of Syrian air defenses.
USS Nimitz aircraft carrier
strike group, which includes cruiser USS Princeton and the destroyers USS
William P. Lawrence, USS Stockdale and USS Shoup, could be included in the
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.
comes as US President Obama embarks on an
intensive campaign to obtain popular support for an American-led military
intervention in Syria.
have shown that more than 60% of Americans oppose U.S. military involvement in
Syria, while just over 10% support it.
Six media interviews and one national address
are part of Obama’s plan to explain why he thinks America must take action in
the wake of chemical weapons attacks in Syria – and to argue that U.S.
involvement would not end in another drawn-out campaign like those in Iraq and
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