Report: Biden Signs Off On Operation Ground Hog — Bombing Meaningless “Targets” In Syria And Iraq

by Larry Johnson at

I do not know if the United States will launch its military response to the recent attack on the U.S base in Jordan on Ground Hog’s Day, but the target selection is a real world imitation of Bill Murray’s iconic movie, Ground Hog’s Day. First watch the trailer (so that we’re on the same page) and then I will explain why.

In both cases, President Obama and President Trump were persuaded to carry out military strikes on Syrian military targets as retaliation for this “egregious” use of a chemical weapon on defenseless civilians. Obama tried to get Congressional approval for a strike but failed to do so and backed down. Sy Hersh provided all the gory details of Barack Obama’s failed bit of kabuki theater in this London Review of Books article, The Red Line and the Rat Line. Senator Lindsey Graham went on the record to describe what Obama intended to do but did not:

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who saw Obama’s plans at the time, told me that Obama’s plan was to strike six different Assad military installations, whereas Trump’s only involved one. But Graham noted that Obama changed his mind at the last minute and ended up not striking Syria at all.

“This is better than doing nothing. This is a step in the right direction,” Graham said. “Does it change their behavior? We don’t know yet if this attack will work or not.”