Airstrikes happening in Syria

US and supposedly other coalition aircraft are striking Daesh (there, that’s better) targets in Syria. Here’s the official Pentagon statement:

“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL [ISIS] terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”

It’s impossible to know at this point what targets we’re attacking, but I would guess they’re logistical targets that are supporting Daesh’s activities in Iraq. Without having our undoubtedly-soon-to-be unstoppable army of moderate rebels (what is a “moderate rebel” anyway? “Give me liberty, or give me a reasonable path forward to obtaining some negotiated concessions from the current government!”) in place, it wouldn’t be a great idea to start bombing Daesh’s main hubs in Syria; that could just invite them to swarm west and wipe out whatever FSA elements still exist, and then maybe even keep going into Lebanon.

Interesting side-note: this NBC story seems to suggest that F-22s will be used in the operation, which would be the first time they’ve ever seen combat. Still no sign of the F-35, which, you know, is only going to cost us $1.5 trillion or so but will prove its worth by being good at pretty much nothing.

Boy, it sure does look cool, though, right?

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