NBC quotes anonymous sources that a missile strike against Syria could occur as early as Thursday. Presumably Obama will orchestrate this in the brief time between polishing his Nobel Prize medal and approving drone strikes around the world.
The U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday.
The State Department fed the growing drumbeat around the world for a military response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels Aug. 21 near Damascus, saying that while the U.S. intelligence community would release a formal assessment within the week, it was already “crystal clear” that Assad’s government was responsible.
White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated Tuesday that the White House isn’t considering the deliberate overthrow of Assad.
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