Senior Democratic Party and intelligence community sources have all confirmed that the Tuesday unanimous consent in the Congress, reversing last week's House vote to remain in session through the August period, was engineered by the White House and was motivated, in part, to give Obama a free hand to unleash the Guns of August. According to the sources, Obama is now preparing direct U.S. military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime, given the recent on-the-ground setback for the armed Syrian opposition, which was routed in Damascus and is in process of being defeated in Aleppo. He did not want Congress in session while the option is put in place for such a U.S. move, the sources confirmed.
At the same time that Obama has ordered the U.S. military to prepare detailed plans for bombing of select Syrian military targets and the establishing of a no-fly zone over the country, there are growing indications that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nearing the decision to order Israeli attacks on Iranian nuclear sites — between now and October.
Any U.S. military action in Syria will be done outside the framework of the United Nations Security Council, where both Russia and China remain adament that they will not allow "another Libya" in Syria, and where the two countries have already vetoed several resolutions that could have provided a foot in the door for outside intervention. Any such U.S. or "coalition of the willing" action against the Assad government in Syria would immediately trigger a potential thermonuclear world war, as both Putin and the Chinese leadership have made clear that any such foreign regime-change military actions would trigger general war with the potential for the use of thermonuclear weapons. This is the crux of the "Putin Doctrine," which has been fully supported by the Chinese government as well.
The threat of a no-fly zone over Syria was openly put on the table by White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan in a speech August 8th, at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the White House has made a series of leaks to news media, indicating preparations for direct military intervention. Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a waiver to a new organization, the Syrian Support Group, to provide aid, including weapons, to the Syrian opposition.
According to several Democratic Party insiders close to the Obama Administration, the planned U.S. actions against Syria are tied to Obama's re-election strategy of painting himself as "tough on national security," and this intersects growing concerns that the longer the Syria crisis continues, the greater the role of Al Qaeda and allied radical neo-Salafi networks in the opposition. Since Obama put the demand of Assad's ouster front and center from the outset of the crisis last year, it now comes down to the U.S. directly intervening militarily to achieve that goal — regardless of the fact that it could trigger World War III.