MOSCOW, August 25 (Itar-Tass) - U.S. President Barack Obama is heading into a war in Syria unstoppably, the same way that George W. Bush was rolling once in the past into a war in Iraq, believes Dr. Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the State Duma foreign policy committee.
“In exactly the same way it was in Iraq, the war in Syria will be illegitimate and Obama will turn into a Bush clone,” Dr. Pushkov tweeted Sunday.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said earlier in the day during a visit to Malaysia that the Pentagon was prepared for a military intervention in Syria if need be.
He said the White House had asked the Department of Defense to consider various lines of action that might suit different situations and the U.S. military are ready now to choose any of them.
Hagel refused to say, which specific actions the U.S. might undertake in Syria, since many factors are to be pondered before one or another specific decision is taken. The list of factors includes the intelligence data on the situation in Syria and the legal aspects of international support for any armed response to the developments unfolding there.
Hagel also said he maintains permanent close contacts with Washington as regards the situation in Syria although he is making a week-long tour of Southeast Asia.