A second senior official, who has seen the most recent planning, offered this metaphor to describe such a strike: If Assad is eating Cheerios, we're going to take away his spoon and give him a fork. Will that degrade his ability to eat Cheerios? Yes. Will it deter him? Maybe. But he'll still be able to eat Cheerios.
What the kind of insanity is this?
That second senior official should have been thrown out of his job.
Although is it really and unfair characterization?
The two officers with current and recent service in the Middle East say the term "degrade" is so vague that it could be used to describe the effect of a single cruise missile strike.
Hagel, appearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill, said a strike would cost "tens of millions of dollars." An operation in that range would likely be limited to the cost of launching missiles from U.S. destroyers cruising within range of Syria, according to budget analysts. The Tomahawk missiles aboard the ships, which generally carry dozens of them, cost about $1.1 million each.
And there is the Secretary of Defense quoting the attack in the 10's of millions range. Obama spends more than that in a year travel to vacation.
I guess we are a nation that wishes to talk loudly and carries a pin to prick with.
I'm not old enough to really remember Carter, but is there any way he was half this bad?
We may be weary of war, but this kind of nonsense is exactly how you invite war upon yourself.