I was tied up most of yesterday with a local Obama fundraiser, so I missed a lot of news. But a couple of folks at the event mentioned that we had “attacked” Syria. My initial reaction was to look at the calendar and count the days until the election: 9 (as of yesterday). As my new friend Jay pointed out, the military woulnd’t attack Syria as a political move, manufacturing an October surprise to make foreign policy and national security *the* issue and move McCain’s poll numbers. But an attack into Syria probably has to come with approval from someone living in a really big white house, or at least hanging out there a lot with his buddy who does, so who knows? Here’s the skinny on the “attack” from VetVoice:
This is interesting:
DAMASCUS, Syria – U.S. military helicopters attacked an area along the country’s border with Iraq, causing casualties, Syria’s state-run television and witnesses said Sunday.The TV report quoted unnamed Syrian officials and said the area is near the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal. It gave no other details on Sunday’s attack.
Local residents told The Associated Press by telephone that two helicopters carrying U.S. soldiers raided the village of Hwijeh, 10 miles inside Syria’s border, killing seven people and wounding five.
Obviously if it took place “10 miles inside the border” it wasn’t a mistake. David Shuster just confirmed this on MSNBC, and the way he described it is pretty much as a deliberate, targeted raid of some sort. He also made note of the most significant aspect here: U.S. forces have never launched cross-border raids into Syria before.
Have any thoughts? Anyone?