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Pentagon Finishes Contingency Plans For Invasion Of Syria

RT
June 15, 2012

Pentagon finishes contingency plans for Syria invasion

Officials with the US Department of Defense have confirmed that the Pentagon has finalized procedures that outline how American forces could soon combat the government of war-torn Syria and officially involve itself in that state’s bloody uprising.

After months of rumors suggesting that the US has unofficially made efforts to weaponize rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials with the Defense Department tell CNN that the Pentagon has finished drafting blueprints that lay-out just how the US military could aid in ousting the leader with America’s own troops.

In their report, CNN cites Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity; in a separate sit-down however, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey confirms to the outlet that intensifying violence overseas in recent months has prompted the Pentagon to expedite establishing a role for US forces.

The violence “gives us all pause that have been in Iraq and seen how these issues become sectarian and then they become civil wars and then they become very difficult to resolve,” Dempsey tells CNN this week.

“There is a sense that if the sectarian violence in Syria grows, it could be worse than what we saw in Iraq,” he adds.

Although the issue of involving US forces in the war against Assad’s regime has been on the table since the beginning of the uprising, authorities in Washington — off the record — have all but officially thrown their hat in the ring in regards to offering assistance. RT reported earlier this week that intelligence forces have revealed to Israel’s Debka news agency that the US was believed to be readying the establishing of a no-fly zone in Syria, and last month discussed murmurings that suggested US President Barack Obama had quietly approved a shipment of anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels.

CNN’s report confirms that the military has indeed drafted instructions that lay-out the implementation of the no-fly zone. Additionally, officials say that a large number of US troops could soon be installed overseas to aid in the war.

As early as March of this year, lawmakers including John McCain (R-Arizona) began rallying together to ask Congress to consider authorizing strikes on Assad. Without the permission of the United Nations, though, the US has been hesitant to offer any formal assistance.

“NATO took military action to save Kosovo in 1999 without formal UN authorization. There is no reason why the Arab League, or NATO, or a leading coalition within the Friends of Syria contact group, or all of them speaking in unison, could not provide a similar international mandate for military measures to save Syria today,” Sen. McCain told Capitol Hill constituents earlier this year.

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  1. rosemerry
    June 16, 2012 at 5:32 am | #1

    “There is a sense that if the sectarian violence in Syria grows, it could be worse than what we saw in Iraq,” he adds.
    So Dempsey does not realise that it was the ILLEGAL and completely unjustified US invasion of iraq that led to the results he notes, and he now wants to follow this disaster and the one in Libya to extend the clutches of the USA into Syria.

    • richardrozoff
      June 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | #2

      You’re correct. The American military chief is peddling a revisionist position that implies the U.S. invaded Iraq as a response to rather than it being the cause of Saudi-sponsored violent extremism that has costs the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, almost on a daily basis; Shiites and Christians overwhelmingly, but with Yezidis, Roma, Mandeans, Sabeans and others also among the victims.
      And the U.S. has signed a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the largest bilateral weapons package in history.

    • AR
      June 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | #3

      That’s standard Orwellian American logic for you: The USA wants to invade a country as a noble “humanitarian crusade” to stop the sectarian violence … that it is aggressively fomenting and promoting!

      America is an arsonist trying to masquerade as a fireman.

      • Michael
        June 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm | #4

        I AGREE with You:
        16 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000%!!!
        OR EQUAL TO THE U.S. DEBT as of NOW, ADMITTED & UNREPORTED!

  2. Hoarsewhisperer
    June 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | #5

    This story is exquisitely droll.
    A contingency plan isn’t a battle plan. It’s the precursor to a battle plan; a detailed analysis of the factors which could conceivably go awry if the US attacked Syria’s civilian and military infrastructure.
    Presuming the Pentagon is capable of prioritising threats, their contingency list would have commenced on the pages marked “Russia” and “China” and descended into pessimism from there. The remarks made by the unnamed officials are pretty persuasive evidence that US “sensitivity” to “body counts” would have persuaded them that the daydream of attacking Syria (+ Russia + China) should be allowed to slip quietly off the table.
    The Syria hype and bluster helps deflect attention from the unpalatable fact that the world’s 2nd ex-Superpower has just had its ass kicked all over Afghanistan, for 11 years, by a few thousand angry and indignant subsistence farmers and goat herders.
    The US Military is a wimpy, bullying and dishonest joke in poor taste, and they know it.

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