U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike.
The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United States. Officials say once the facts are clear, Obama will make a decision about how to proceed.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to discuss any specific force movements while saying that Obama had asked the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria. U.S. defense officials told The Associated Press that the Navy had sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea but without immediate orders for any missile launch into Syria.
One of the great annoyances of relying on the MSM is that they manage omit information that might give a clearer picture of what may or may not be possible, and also manage to give incorrect information. I can assure you, there is not a fourth warship with ballistic missiles in the Med. The author presumably means Tomahawk cruise missiles.
I don’t know what the current order of battle for US Navy warships is in the Levant. I suppose I could look it up. But AP and other news sources have often pointed to the presence of two or more battle groups in the Arabian Gulf as a certain sign of an imminent attack on Iran. What’s to say the same thinking isn’t at work in the Levant?
Of course, it is entirely possible President Obama will decide that some level of military retaliation is required in response to the alleged Syrian use of chemical weapons. And a cruise missile strike would be very, very near the top of the preferred responses, mostly because it keeps American airmen and soldiers out of immediate danger.