Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Salvador Option

This is the next new MSM spin which we will see adnauseum. There will be great gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands. After all, how could the US possibly contemplate doing this? I'm all for it. If this means we can take out some of the Baathists regime still operating out of Syria - then great, go get em. If it will stop some of the executions of Iraqi people trying to help build their country into a democracy - then great, go get em. This must be what John Kerry had in mind when he met the Syrian leader and advocated for an improved relationship between Syria and the US. After all, Kerry said the US could do better in this regard. So, hey, we're making an effort. Do we get an A?

Following that model, one Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions. It remains unclear, however, whether this would be a policy of assassination or so-called "snatch" operations, in which the targets are sent to secret facilities for interrogation. The current thinking is that while U.S. Special Forces would lead operations in, say, Syria, activities inside Iraq itself would be carried out by Iraqi paramilitaries, officials tell NEWSWEEK.

One thing, who are these officials that Newsweek references?


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