RT: @robsatloff If POTUS backs off #Syria, start countdown to Israeli strike on Arak/Fordow.Arak/Fordow refers to Iran's nuclear development program.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 7, 2013
Think about it.
If the Syrian civil war (which is already in reality a regional proxy war) is about to spread, which is better, a reactive response to an unknown (which could very will involve chemical weapons, hello) or a pre-emptive "first strike"?
And anyone who imagines an Israeli first strike is not a de facto US action is living in a fool's paradise.
The question is not how Assad will respond to a US strike, but how Israel might respond in the absence of US involvement.
I will be looking for other expert opinion about this question, since there seems to be no ambiguity if Israeli political campaigns are consulted.