Pentagon Preparing “Several Options” For Military Action In Syria

Monday, April 9, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 04/09/2018

Before heading into his Monday afternoon cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump condemned a chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria during an impromptu press conference. The president said “even with the world as bad as it is, you just don’t see things like that” before saying he’d decide on a response “probably by the end of today.”

And while the US was “having trouble getting people in” to the town, Trump added that he would definitively determine which states were involved in the attack – be it Syria, Iran, Russia (or presumably all three).

With Trump and his most trusted advisors still debating the proper response, several anonymous Pentagon officials have told the Washington Examiner that the US is considering several options including a missile barrage similar to the strike carried out on a Syrian air base last year.

The Israeli F-15s launched a lethal strike on a Syrian airbase early Monday, killing 14 people with the US’s tacit approval.

The options being considered now are similar to the options that were provided to the president before last year’s strike. The US has several ships armed with tomahawk cruise missiles stationed in the region – including the USS Donald Cook, a guided-missile destroyer that just completed a port call in Cyprus and got underway in the eastern Mediterranean. The ship is within range of Syria and could presumably strike at any target the president orders.

Last year, the US destroyed more than a dozen aircraft, as well as oil storage facilities and other structures, and killed at least seven people when it fired 59 missiles at Syria’s Shayrat Airbase following a chemical weapons attack that the US also pinned on the Syrian government.

But according to one official who spoke with the Examiner, Trump could be considering a “more robust” strike this time around, considering that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad didn’t quite get the message last time.

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