PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVEN 90 DAYS TO DEAL WITH SYRIA – Yesterday the upper house’s foreign relations committee approved strikes on Syria.
The condition to the military strikes are clear in that only strategic strikes may be made and that no U.S troops are permitted in an incursion and the issue must be fully resolved within 90 days.
The upper house noted that any military intervention by the United States must be limited and tailored in order to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
The support of the upper house also requires that the Obama administration submit to Congress a full strategic plan for settling the Syrian civil war.
During his visit to the G20 summit in Stockholm yesterday the U.S President gave a statement to the press stating that his reputation was not on the line but certainly the international community’s credibility is; if they failed to act against Assad.
Yesterday’s Senate panel vote was delayed after John McCain stated that he would oppose military strikes against Syria. McCain stated that he was not happy with the way documentation for the strike was worded and much of it needed clarification before he would support such action.
Meanwhile in Washington D.C the House of Representatives drafted a similar resolution on limited strikes but with a campaign that could last no more than 60 days. The resolution also prohibited the use of any U.S military ground forces.
Evidence still appears the overall issue with a number of Congressmen, on both sides of the house, calling for the Obama administration to provide the evidence they are reported to have that clearly shows Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Damascus on 21 August 2013.
Reports of German intelligence eavesdropping on telephone calls that prove Assad did order the chemical weapons strikes have again raised suspicion.
The BND agents allegedly picked up a call from Assad’s senior military officers to Hezbollah officials. During the call one commander admitted chemical weapons were used because Assad ‘lost his nerve’ and thought the capital of Damascus was about to fall into Syrian Rebel hands. As yet this intelligence has still not been verified by any western government.
Heads are now beginning to roll in a few quarters with David Cameron sacking his leading advisor, Jesse Norman, after he failed to vote in favour of military action in Syria.
Insiders expect that David Cameron will yet shed more jobs after he was humiliated in the House of Common on the vote. Many of his own party members refused to back any military action against Syria because no clear evidence exists that Assad was directly responsible.