PR Push: Obama Plans Syria ‘Report’ to Be Released Ahead of War

Administration Campaigning Internationally for Support

The decision to go to war is pretty much an in-house thing for the Obama Administration. Congress wasn’t asked, the UN wasn’t asked, and while the American public has been asked in polls, they’ve opposed the war over and over again.

Still, with the decision made, the administration is set to start a broad domestic and international PR campaign, aimed at trying to placate opponents with the same shaky argument they’ve already presented.

On the domestic front, President Obama has ordered officials to make up a “declassified report” detailing the circumstantial case that they are using to justify the war.

Secretary of State John Kerry has essentially already presented this case, noting that something happened in Damascus and a lot of people died, and that since Syria is known to have chemical weapons it’s “undeniable” to him that it must be that.

Meanwhile, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are calling world leaders trying to sell them on the war. Several nations, led by Russia, have already come out against the war, and they’re not likely to be the targets of the campaign.

Instead, the goal seems to be getting the rest of the world, those nations on the fence about the war, to keep their mouths shut while the US attacks Syria, so the administration can present the opposition as consisting of little more than Russia, China and Iran.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.