Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pentagon laying ground work for strike on (ISIS in) Syria

I have more to say on this subject, the beheading of Foley, but, am short on time
So, we'll just lay the foundation with this

WASHINGTON: The US military is seeking to fly drones over Syria to gather intelligence information about the Islamic State militant group, laying the groundwork for a possible expansion of its limited air campaign beyond Iraq, according to a media report.

The Pentagon is preparing to send surveillance aircraft, including drones, into Syrian airspace to gather intelligence on Islamic State targets

While the White House insisted that President Barack Obama has not made any decision yet, The New York Times said that Obama has allowed flying surveillance drones over Syria.

The flights would be a precursor to broader airstrikes against ISIS militants, which are already taking place in Iraq, the daily said.

"The Pentagon is preparing to conduct reconnaissance flights over Syria. There is no decision yet to do strikes, but in order to help make that decision, you want to get as much situational awareness as possible," a US official said.

The White House refused to comment on the story. "We're not going to comment on intelligence or operational issues. As we've been saying, we'll use all the tools at our disposal when it comes to the protection of our people," National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the drones would enter Syrian airspace without any Syrian regime approval or authorization. The operation would be conducted by the US Central Command. 
 "We have to be ready. We are always leaning forward. If there is going to be a shift in policy, developing an accurate picture is the first thing we need," a defense official was quoted as saying by the daily.

What shift in policy would that be? Since the policy has been destabilization and destruction of Syria and it's society and history all this time. 


  1. I think your headline should be bracketed thus:
    '...on (ISIS in) Syria.'

    You do a great job, Penny. Thank you for all you do and thank God for your great powers of recall. The PTSB rely on us all forgetting what went before (referring here to your post about the weapons that disappeared, appeared elsewhere and are reappearing again) and they are doing a great job of poisoning us to make it so!

    Have you heard anything from clothcap recently?


  2. Hey Penny, the use of drones ostensibly to track ISIS is a pretty crude ruse on the part of the US. What they really will be doing is using the drones for intelligence gathering of Assad's Syrian forces and then passing on their strategic weaknesses to ISIS, and whatever FSA remnants there are. If Assad is smart he should be using covert Russian consultants and counter-intelligence to thwart this. I believe he already may be considering his mounting victories over the FSA scum. The drones deployed are nothing but a Trojan Horse offered to Syria and it's as plain as day.

  3. WTF White House Statement Of The Day: Syria Airstrikes Edition

    When President Obama bragged earlier that "The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world..." adding that "no other nation can do what we do," we should have guessed some more war-mongering was coming... and sure enough. As AP reports, it appears Syrian airstrikes are on their way.. but there's a mind-blowing twist in US foreign policy: "In an effort to avoid unintentionally strengthening the Syrian government, the White House could seek to balance strikes against the Islamic State with attacks on Assad regime targets."