You might want to read this post at Sic Semper Tyrannis. The author has his ear to the ground with respect to our intelligence operations. It’s full of good points but here’s one that struck me:
President Obama’s problems go way beyond the Halls of Congress. He is facing three daunting problems with his Syria war scheme, according to one senior US intelligence officer. First, the case that Assad ordered the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 is, at best, circumstantial. A triangulation of intercepts by Israeli, German and US sigint agencies has been pitched to Congress as “proof” that Assad did it. But the case is flimsy and, ultimately, is all based on interpretations of conversations involving Syrian military commanders, Iranian diplomats and Hezbollah leaders. Clearly the American people are also unconvinced, as the opposition to any military action is polling well above 80 percent in most recent polls.
Read the whole thing.
It does bring another question to mind. In the history of warfare has anybody ever been able to control developments on the ground through air power alone? I don’t think so.