October 28, 2008

STILL PRESIDENT:

Analysts Question Timing of Syria Raid (Ali Gharib, 10/28/08, IPS)

A cross-border raid into Syria by U.S. forces in Iraq, and a subsequent stonewalling by U.S. officials unwilling to divulge details, has led to rampant speculation among U.S. analysts about the origins and meaning of the attack.

"So the question is: Why?" wrote geo-strategic analyst and journalist Helena Cobban on her blog, wondering if the raid could have been pulled off without explicit permission from the highest levels of the President George W. Bush administration.

"So why now at the end of the Bush administration, with Washington trying to play nice with Damascus and tensions easing throughout the region, would U.S. forces stage such a gambit?" echoed Borzou Daragahi on the Babylon and Beyond blog at the Los Angeles Times website.


To ask the question is to answer it: it's to stop State from playing footsie with the Ba'athists; take advantage of Israel's electoral confusion; and disrupt the field for the next administration. Well done, W, but aim higher.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2008 5:03 PM
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