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Hagel: US forces ready to strike Syria if ordered

By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer

syriaBANDER SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

The U.S. Navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea within range of targets inside Syria. The U.S. also has warplanes in the region.

In an interview Tuesday with BBC television during a visit to the southeast Asian nation of Brunei, Hagel also predicted that U.S. intelligence agencies would soon conclude that last week’s deadly attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb was a chemical attack by the government.

He called it “pretty good intelligence.”


  • weasel

    Why us all the time? Why do you pay anything into the UN? Yep the taxpayers are going to fund killing innocent people.

  • medic3

    If Syria isn’t afraid to use the chemicals on their own citizens what makes you think they won’t use them elsewhere?
    A good old fashioned @$$ whooping from us and our allies using a few MOAB’s should do the trick. And don’t think we don’t have chemicals for warfare…..they’re made in Pittsfield and stored across New England. Where as I agree Obama’s AND this congress/senate is going to destroy us, the Middle East is too dangerous and out of control to ignore.
    I’m a vet, I don’t want another soldier or US citizen to die. War sucks. But read your history books…..if we stop and bring them all home….our economy will crash further and none of our troops will have jobs. It’s a ripple effect on the pond and none of its good.
    But I think keeping people safe from terrorists going off half cocked is more important

  • alpinequeen

    Speak softly and carry a big stick. Now it’s time for the big stick.

  • dontcrankmeoff

    I see the vast majority of us are dead set against this interfearing in others affairs.
    Good thing when the Civil War was going on, Russia didn’t step in and say “whoa there partners, you can’t fight each other. If you do we’ll bomb the **** out of you.”

    • alpinequeen

      Git them thar’ cruise missiles warmed up and ready to go! Whoosh! Kaboom!

  • dontcrankmeoff

    Imagine, letting the people who live in that country decide amongst themselves who their ruler would be? Why, that would be DEMOCRACY???

    • alpinequeen

      We are not a democracy. We are a republic. The word Democracy is not mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, or in the Constitution, or in any of the constitutions of the 50 states. A true democracy in a “town hall” or “referendum” government, a majority rule. A republic is a form of government where the people elect representatives who then pass laws to govern the nation. A republic is rule by law and we are a nation of laws. The founding Fathers set things up so we would not have a democracy.

      Remember this? “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

  • weasel

    Hagel and Obama, send your families NOT mine.

  • jarbear

    only if we fight the war like we did in the 40′s forget public opinion and totally destroy them carpet bomb them