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Friday, June 17, 2016

State Drives Military Defense: Syria Instance

Does President Obama need to modify his strategy toward Syria? What do the presidential candidates say?

The U.S. State Department want President Obama to direct the Department of Defense to attack the Bashar al-Assad forces in Syria because the Assad regime has violated ceasefire terms and it is exacting a toll on rebel forces that are intent on replacing him.

"U.S. Diplomats Rebuke Obama On Syria And Call For Strikes On Assad
The State Department diplomats signed an internal memo criticizing Obama’s policies on Syria. 
06/16/2016 11:04 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war ceasefire."

Listening to some unnamed sources that are familiar with the sentiment inside the State Department, Obama needs to change his strategy, or the current course might undermine Hillary Clinton's affinity with the department and weaken her standing.

We know that the U.S. can successfully strike targets in Syria. The Russians have done it as well as the U.S. and allies. Such attacks must be precise and based upon intelligence for which there is an abundance.


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