Attempting to describe the scope of possible American action in Syria to “degrade” the regime’s chemical weapons capacity, an official told USA Today, “If Assad is eating Cheerios, we’re going to take away his spoon and give him a fork. Will that degrade his ability to eat Cheerios? Yes. Will it deter him? Maybe. But he’ll still be able to eat Cheerios.”
The analogy was supposedly meant to state that Assad would remain in power, and he would still have capacity to use chemical weapons, but that it would be more difficult for him to do so.
USA Today reported that any attack would use missiles launched from ships. The Air Force would not enter Syrian airspace. Pentagon press secretary George Little said last week that there would be no boots on the ground in any Syria action.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).