Bashar Assad must just be quaking in his boots:
The strike, as envisioned, would be limited in the number of targets and done within a day or two. It could be completed in one fell swoop with missiles, said one senior official familiar with the weapons involved. A smaller, follow-on strike could be launched if targets aren’t sufficiently damaged.
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.
The hawks in the Obama administration will go down in history as the “Cereal Killers.”
And of course the Russians will demand something in between:
— CR (@KYColC) September 9, 2013
I covered a little more ground about John Kerry’s hilarious statements on Syria here. This is the most ill-advised rollout since New Coke.