Trump Reportedly Undecided Whether to Go Light or Heavy in Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Reportedly Undecided Whether to Go Light or Heavy in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

His attack on Syria's Shayrat airbase looked like prelude for escalated aggression.

According to Bloomberg News, administration officials are undecided on what comes next. National Security Advisor McMaster favors deploying tens of thousands of US ground forces to northern Syria's Euphrates River Valley.

Trump told Fox News "(w)e're not going into Syria." He often says one thing, then goes a different way, so it's unclear what he'll do so far.

McMaster favors a greatly increased US military presence in Syria. According to Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Mattis, Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford, and CENTCOM commander Votel oppose the idea.

Chief White House strategist Bannon accused McMaster of wanting to start another Iraq war. Pentagon officials favor escalating conflict in Syria short of full-scale war.

Following his meeting with
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