US on standby to act against Syria if chemical weapons usedon standby to act militarily against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in the event that it uses chemical weapons.
A US-led coalition is prepared to take military action in Syria within days in the event that Syrian President Bashar Assad resort to the use of chemical weapons in his fight against opposition forces in his country, The Times of London reported on Tuesday, citing a US official.
“It won’t require major movement to make action happen. The muscle is already there to be flexed,” a US official said. “It’s premature to say what could happen if a decision is made to intervene. That hasn’t taken shape, we’ve not reached that kind of decision. There are a lot of options, but it [military action] could be launched rapidly, within days,” the Times quoted the official as saying.
The Times quoted sources as saying the US intervention would involve Britain and other allies.That's just great, but by the time 'a few days' have passed after Assad uses chemical weapons, there could be an awful lot of dead people.
Sounds like the Syrian equivalent of the Samson option to me.
What could go wrong?