In an effort to ramp up the fight against the Islamic State, more than 50 State Department officials have signed an internal memo urging the Obama administration to carry out military strikes against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, according to CNN.
The strikes against Assad’s regime would urge change in the only measure to defeat ISIS, writes the news outlet, which reviewed the now-classified memo:
The cable says that U.S. policy in the Middle East has been “overwhelmed” by the continuing violence in Syria. It calls for a “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”
The internal memo was sent throughout the “dissent channel,” a mechanism for State Department officials to offer alternative views on foreign policy without freedom from retaliation or retaliation. It was established in the 1960s during the Vietnam War to ensure that senior leadership in the department would have access to alternative policy views on the war.
The 51 officials who signed the memo are mostly from the rank and file of the department, many of them career officers in the foreign service who have been involved in Syria policy over the past several years either in Washington or overseas.
A White House spokeswoman told CNN Friday that President Obama was aware of the memo, but had not read it yet.
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