President Obama is reportedly considering a range of limited military actions against Syria. But the White House said today that the goal of any future strikes would not be regime change in Syria.
“I want to make clear that the options that we are considering are not about regime change,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today. “They are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons,” he added. (AP, 27 August)
Carney continued that although the “firm conviction” of the U.S. is that “Syria’s future cannot include Assad in power,” but the impending strikes are not designed to facilitate a regime change in Damascus.
The New York Times reported earlier today that the attacks would not be on chemical weapons storage sites in order to avoid the risks of an environmental and humanitarian disaster. Instead, the U.S. strikes would be limited to military units thought to have carried out chemical attacks, air bases where attack helicopters are deployed, and the headquarters overseeing the effort, fewer than 50 sites. (The New York Times, 27 August)
Photo credit: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. August 27, 2013. (AP)