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‘Obama to personally sign off on any Syrian airstrikes’ — why does that sound so familiar?

By Doug Powers  •  September 19, 2014 09:37 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

For those who have learned about or remember Vietnam in the mid-to-late 1960’s, this kind of potentially disastrous micromanagement might ring an uneasy bell:


More from the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war.
Through tight control over airstrikes in Syria and limits on U.S. action in Iraq, Mr. Obama is closely managing the new war in the Middle East in a way he hasn’t done with previous conflicts, such as the troop surge in Afghanistan announced in 2009 or the last years of the Iraq war before the 2011 U.S. pullout.

With Obama’s intent in mind, the White House was happy this week to accept delivery of a prototype for the “LBJ-9000 Real-Time Selective Targeting Airstrike Activator and Golf Ball Washer,” which has been set up for the president’s use in the situation room:


And if you’re concerned about the president’s airstrike micromanagement capabilities when he’s on the move, rest easy, because sources say the LBJ-9000 Blackberry app is perfectly functional on most of the front nine at Andrews if it’s not too cloudy that day.

**Written by Doug Powers

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