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Warmongers in Obama Administration Push for Military Action Against Syrian Government—Prelude to War with Russia

Oct. 5, 2016 (EIRNS)—Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, who now seems to be the preferred receiver of leaks for the War Party in the Obama Administration, reported Oct. 4 that there is discussion in the national security establishment to consider the next move by the United States, now that the Administration (on Oct. 3) has suspended engagement with Russia on how to end the Syrian war. Rogin’s leaks promote military action.

Today, there was to be a meeting of the Principals Committee, of cabinet-level officials and the White House. A National Security Council meeting could come as soon as this weekend.

According to Rogin, there is a big push from within the Pentagon, led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva, and the CIA, for some kind of military action against Syrian government forces.

"There’s an increased mood in support of kinetic actions against the regime," one senior administration official said. "The CIA and the Joint Staff have said that the fall of Aleppo [to the sovereign Syrian government] would undermine America’s counterterrorism goals in Syria."

In reporting this, Rogin also goes on to spin the fantasy that Obama is the one standing in the way of such military action. All of this is nonsense, but it indicates the degree of breakdown of both policymaking and morality in the institutions of government under the Obama Administration.

Rogin also claims that the risks inherent in any US action in Syria are purely hypothetical. Unlike so many other observers of this game, Rogin did not report on the comment by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, who, when asked, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 22, about establishing a no-fly zone over Syria, replied:

"Right now, Senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria it would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make."