Debkafile is reporting
that President Bush has authorized General Casey to attack Syria in February. Clearly, since it is Debka, it should be taken with a large grain of salt, but nevertheless the general idea seems to make sense. One of the main benefits of invading Iraq was having a large number of US troops in a central location of the Middle East, able to threaten Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. In light of the fact that Syria has been supporting the insurgents in Iraq, sheltering Saddam's former lieutenants, and very possibly hiding his WMD, a move on Syria would make sense. Additionally, such a move may be beneficial in stopping Iran's nuclear program, as they may be more willing to comply if they see that the US still has the will and capacity to act.