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  •  What would the mission (9+ / 0-)

    be for JSOC? Secure the depots and chemical weapon stores?

    Dempsey laid out what the options were for our military, when Lindsey Graham demanded that he give the Senate an answer about his recommendations on Syria. Any solution that required troops on the ground was pretty risky and complicated. The options were included the letter (PDF): http://www.levin.senate.gov/...

    If we have special forces on the ground, then it sounds like the third and/or the fourth option (buffer zones and/or control chemical weapons).  Dempsey claims that would also require hundreds of ships, submarines, aircraft, et al and would require a partial no-fly zone.

    I guess there are other options that he might not have laid out in that letter that only involve covert operations.

    On another note, there have been signs that the new president of Iran (and his overlords) are serious about nuclear talks.  Anyone who doesn't genuinely want peace with Iran might want to rush forward with attacks on Syria and then Iran.
    http://www.nytimes.com/...


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 08:12:36 PM PDT

    •  If this is to be taken seriously, which it must (6+ / 0-)

      given what has happened earlier this week, I would say that JSOC is now actively involved in leading the FSA in the finer points of the political war as well as the handling of Libyan surplus antitank and MANPADs they have been reportedly receiving in militarily significant numbers.

      So, it has started.  We are already involved.  This seems to be headed in precisely the direction the Israelis may have guessed at.  Educated guesses, at least.

    •  Turkey and the Arab states need to do the heavy (0+ / 0-)

      lifting on a no-fly zone, etc.
      Hopefully it won't take much for the remaining Assad loyalists to realize they are going to have to throw him under the bus.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 06:09:12 AM PDT

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      •  And bring in exactly (2+ / 0-)
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        whom to run the country?

        The  group of people that have been thrown together to try to form a transitional government can't agree that the sky is blue. It's been a total failure.

        Do you ever think about what happens to a country after you decide to illegally wage war with them and overthrow their government?  Or is it just all the war war war and phoney humanitarian intervention and forget about what happens later for you?  Even Colin Powell was smarter than that with his pottery barn theory.  You break it, you bought it.


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:36:32 AM PDT

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        •  Holy cow. (0+ / 0-)

          Apparently you're in favor of the Assad regime continuing ad infinitum.
          Which will necessitate a bloodbath, because it's obvious they're going to have to kill a large portion of their countrymen in order to establish "order.

          Hopefully, they are working on a transitional reconciliation government that will work.

          You may be right about the efforts so far. At any rate, Turkey has a stake, as they are absorbing the majority of the refugees, and they are a neighbor. Their own stability is threatened.
          The Arab Sunni states as well as the Shia need to decide whether they are going to pound one another back into the 8th century  or whether they're going to move forward into the 21st century.
          I have no idea where you construed any kind of endorsement of "neocon" ideas from what I wrote.
          Stopping the carnage is a good idea. Making the neighboring countries contribute somehow is also a good idea.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:22:57 PM PDT

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