Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why are we attacking into Syria?

[UPDATE: This is a good roundup of the speculation as to why this might have happened.]

Can someone tell me what's going on here? Is this just the Bush administration being international assholes or is there some deeper game or strategy at work here? Was it really necessary? Did they take into account the various forms of blowback that would no doubt result? Washington Post:

U.S. troops in helicopters flew four miles into Syrian territory over the weekend to target the leader of a network that channels foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq, killing or wounding him and shooting dead several armed men, U.S. officials said Monday.

U.S. officials have long complained that the Syrian government has allowed Arab fighters to pass through the country to enter Iraq, but since last year, top military leaders have praised Syrian efforts to curb the flow. In recent months, officials have estimated that as few as 20 fighters a month have been crossing into Iraq, down from more than a hundred a month in 2006.

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