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Top Military Commander: NATO Ready For Libya-Style Intervention In Syria

Stars and Stripes
March 19, 2013

Stavridis: More direct engagement by US could turn tide in Syria
By John Vandiver

STUTTGART, Germany: Adm. James Stavridis, NATO’s top military commander and head of U.S. European Command, told lawmakers Monday that a more aggressive posture by the U.S. and its allies could help break a stalemate in war-torn Syria.

“My personal opinion is that would be helpful in breaking the deadlock and bringing down the regime,” Stavridis said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

So far, the U.S. and NATO has refrained from providing lethal support to Syrian opposition forces, who have been engaged in a bloody two-year battle with the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

In response to questions from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal supporter of a more aggressive policy in Syria, Stavridis said the alliance is preparing for a range of contingencies.

“We are looking at a wide range of operations and we are prepared if called upon to be engaged as we were in Libya,” Stavridis said.

Stavridis also said NATO Patriot missile batteries now deployed in Turkey as part of a plan to defend Turkish airspace could, if called upon, be capable of shooting down Syrian jets in that country’s airspace. When asked whether such a move could serve as a deterrent to Syrian attacks on rebel positions, Stavridis said: “I think whenever aircraft are shot down that is a powerful disincentive.”

In the event of the regime’s collapse, Stavridis painted a grim picture OF a post-Assad Syria, which he likened to the Balkans of the 1990s.

“There is a great deal of danger in the endgame scenario,” said Stavridis, who cautioned that competing ethnic groups could set the stage for more violence. “I think there is a great deal of potential for revenge killing.”

Stavridis, who testified alongside Gen. John Kelly of Southern Command and Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. of Northern Command, also spoke about the effects sequestration is having on the military mission in Europe…

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  1. Alexander Illi
    March 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    “endgame”, “deal”, blah blah blah – Stavridis & consorts: one day you will wake up and see that it’s not a game or a gamble and that you are not the ‘players’

  2. Michael
    March 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    It must be that lobbying paid off and Saudi Arabia paid high sum of money to get such endorsement, so NATO is now “ready” for open, bloody intervention!

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