U.S. military completes initial planning for Syria
June 14th, 2012
03:27 PM ET

U.S. military completes initial planning for Syria

By Barbara Starr

The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring countries in the event action was ordered, officials tell CNN.

In recent weeks, the Pentagon has finalized its assessment of what types of units would be needed, how many troops, and even the cost of certain potential operations, officials tell CNN.

Multiple military officials say initial planning is complete with a full understanding of what types of troops and units would be needed. This has been done so that if President Obama were to ask for options the military would be ready to present them. But officials say additional detailed work would have to be done before forces could be deployed.

The planning comes as the U.S. has become increasingly concerned that the violence in Syria is verging on civil war. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the recent series of bombings have heightened the worry.

Dempsey said it reminded him of the escalating violence during the Iraq war.

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 told CNN in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

A senior U.S. official said the developments have been a matter of discussion in the Obama administration.

"There is a sense that if the sectarian violence in Syria grows, it could be worse than what we saw in Iraq," the official said.

The military planning includes a scenario for a no-fly zone as well as protecting chemical and biological sites. Officials say all the scenarios would be difficult to enact and involve large numbers of U.S. troops and extended operations.

The planning, officials insist, is being done protectively and there have been no orders for any action from the White House.

The U.S. Navy is maintaining a presence of three surface combatants and a submarine in the eastern Mediterranean to conduct electronic surveillance and reconnaissance on the Syrian regime, a senior Pentagon official said. The official emphasized that the U.S. routinely maintains this type of naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, but acknowledged the current focus is on Syria.

The United States, Britain and France have all been discussing contingency scenarios, potential training and sharing of intelligence about what is happening in Syria with neighboring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Israel. But it is Jordan, so far, that is most seeking the help because of its relatively small military and potential need for outside help if unrest in southern Syria were to impact Jordan's security.

U.S. special forces are training and advising Jordanian troops on a range of specific military tasks they might need to undertake if unrest in Syria spills over into Jordan or poses a threat to that country, three Defense Department officials told CNN. The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the training. Jordanian officials also are refusing to publicly confirm details, but a senior Middle Eastern government official also confirmed details to CNN.

The U.S. has been training in Jordan using mainly special operations forces under a program called Joint Combined Exchange Training, which sends troops overseas to train foreign soldiers and units in specific missions. Jordan's major security concern is that if the Syrian regime were to suddenly collapse, then it would face unrest on its northern border, as well as the possibility of large refugee flows, weapons smuggling into Jordan, and potential disarray in Syria's chemical and biological weapons complex. Jordan also is considering how and where to potentially set up humanitarian assistance bases inside its borders, another matter the U.S. is advising it on.

The Jordanians do not believe regime of Bashir al-Assad would attack them. But they have made it clear to the United States they want the training so they are ready to move quickly if any scenario develops that could destabilize their country, which is already reeling politically from a collapsing economy. While there's no formal agreement, one of the U.S. officials said the U.S. would come to the defense and support of Jordan in the event any of the Syria scenarios pose a challenge.

While there is no current scenario for putting U.S. troops on the ground in Jordan or Syria, the U.S. could wind up providing air support to move Jordanian troops to the border. In addition, American forces could provide a wide range of intelligence and surveillance capabilities to Jordan so they would have up-to-date information on what is happening on the Syrian side of their border region. In one of the most extreme scenarios, a small unit of Jordanian troops could move into Syria to protect a chemical or biological weapons site.

U.S. satellites are monitoring the chemical and biological weapons sites around the clock, and so far "there is no reason to believe they are not secure," one of the U.S. officials said.

The U.S. believes the facilities are guarded by some of the most elite Alawite troops loyal to al-Assad. But the official noted that the opposition forces appear to be gaining strength in some areas, and that the United States, Jordan and the allies are concerned that as the amount of al-Assad controlled territory shrinks, some of those critical facilities could be open to attacks, pilfering or efforts by terrorist groups to buy material.

"This is getting a fair amount of attention," another U.S. official told CNN. Also discussed with Jordanian forces was the possible need for U.S. chemical and biological weapons detecting equipment, the official said.

The overall assessment by the U.S. is that in the event some action had to be taken to secure Syrian chemical, biological or weapons facilities, troops from some country would have to enter Syria in a matter of hours.

This latest training is said to be separate from the recent multinational "Eager Lion 2012" training exercise that took place in Jordan.

During that exercise, U.S. and Jordanian troops also practiced many of the same scenarios, but the JCET training is much more focused, according to the officials.

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  1. Kerry

    The U.S. needs to learn to stay out of Muslim affairs. It is a no win situation. No good guys to take over. No right side to join. Let them kill each other off and thin down the population there.

    June 15, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • BigRigger

      Dam straight!!!!!!!!! We don't have the budget and this will become the Korean War 2012 with Russia on the other side.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • banlin

      I agree, unlike Korea the USA gain a good ally the South Korean. In Muslim countries cases Muslims only wants to abuse our good intentions and later turn their guns that we provided to them for free against us.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  2. Thinker23

    "Infowarrior"... First, you're telling us that by "having the CIA ship in, funding, and training some rebels that are actually al aqaede (this is no joke. do the some research). having them massacre innocent civilians in staged events and blaming it on the syrian government. destabalizing the country and sending it into a civil war, only to rush in and save the day ..." the President WOULD BECOME A WORLD'S HERO. Then you answer NO to a question if YOU would consider the President a hero for doing these things.

    I'm sorry to say it but even a simple mind would see a contradiction between these two statements of yours...

    June 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • booskoo

      This is an INTERNAL SYRIAN matter, it is none of the US's business.

      American troops sent there will be picked off relentlessly by both sides, .

      June 15, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • infowarrior

      ok. thanks for explaining. in my original post "save the day and become the world's hero...again" was complete sarcasim. i was pointing to the perception the government and mainstream media is trying to portray to the public to muster up support for a money making war. While all along misleading the public on the true happenings in Syria.

      June 15, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  3. DC Observer

    The United State and regime change do not go together. The US supported Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan in the 80's against the Russians. The Us supported Saddam Hussein against Iran. The US supported the Shah of Iram against Iraq. The US suppported Noriega in Panama.; the US supported the Egyptian military over Muburak and they now have a Cout; the US supported Lybian rebels and that country is a mess. The US has NO business in Syria. There are many Arab countries that could foirm an alliance and deal with this: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Pakistam, Kuawit, UAE, Dubai - Let the Muslims deal with this - If the US gets involved before November, Obama can kiss his job goodbye.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • NahITcouldntBE

      The war machine is rolling, and has been for well over a decade. If the US stops now you are looking at a complete economical colapse. Ever drive down the road during construction and wonder what they do with the endless miles of road cones? Just like the millitary they can't store all of our great weapons(road cones) they have to move them to the next section of highway(Middle East) that needs to be paved. WWIII doubtfully, no one could win against the USA in a full out declared war. An invasion here, think of what the minute men did to the British with muskets. Now take modern rifles in the same scenario. Gorilla Tactics in mossy oak! Sounds like an ass whoopin.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  4. bossman1447

    Why was the US and Intl Communtiy so eager to join in The Lybia fight, but they are all allowing Syria government to kill innocent citizens? Our government needs to step up for those people who have no chance against a nation being back by Russian military. Obama needs to give Putin the finger, and take out the Syrian government. How can we just stand by and watch this happen? It's not a fair civil war if the Syrian government is recieving military wepons from the Russians. The US MUST DO something. Why would u ask? Because it is the right thing to do. My dad always told me to do something because it was the right thing to do. Taking out this Syrian government is the right thing to do. Obama was quick to join in Lybia, but now we can see he is scared of big bad Russia. Grow some balls Mr. President and stick it to the Russians, take Syria's government out. Do the right thing Mr. President, because it's the right thing to do.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • blackhawkmom

      And get us into another war; especially, with Russia and China? H-e-l-l NO !!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Somehow I doubt that Russian and Chinese leaders would be eager to sacrifice their own countries in order to defend the Syrian dictator or even the Iranian Ayatollas....

        June 15, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • George Patton

      Such is to be expected from someone with your obvious limitations, bossman1447! You sound like another Tea Partier. We need to quit jumping on our high horses and go galloping into places where we have business being!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
      • Trevor

        Pretty big jump assuming who this person is "affiliated" with...this coming from the same person that made the comment asking who the the U.S. is preparing to "invade next" when training together with the Jordanians... Obvious limitations? Look in the mirror pal on your inability to educate yourself on the motivation behind these training exercises, who requested them (the Jordanians) and why they were requested (the Jordanians are ill prepared to face a spill over of the violence into their own country).

        June 15, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • infowarrior

      "Taking out this Syrian government is the right thing to do" is because the mainstream media and government propaganda is telling you its the right thing to do. i urge you to please look into alternative media. you can't believe the crap we're being fed by either.

      June 15, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • NC

      Hey Bossman1447, are you related to Forrest Gump? "My mama told me life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gonna get." I think your daddy told you to use your brain and stop drinking the MSM kool-aid, BOSS!

      June 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  5. infowarrior

    have the CIA ship in, fund, and train some rebels that are actually al aqaede (this is no joke. do the some research). have them massacre innocent civilians in staged events and blame it on the syrian government. destabalize the country and send it into a civil war, only to rush in and save the day and become the world's hero.....again. sounds like a good reason to send more brave American troops to the middle east.

    June 15, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Great idea... WHY would the US administration do it, in your opinion?

      June 15, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
      • infowarrior

        In my opinion, the current Syrian government isn't playing along with the western's idea of how their country should be ran.

        June 15, 2012 at 7:43 am |
      • Thinker23

        Infowarrior... Are you sire that all other Arab governments are playing along with the western's idea of how their countryies should be ran? Further, will YOU consider President Obama A HERO if he will have the CIA ship in, fund, and train some rebels that are actually al aqaede (this is no joke. do the some research). have them massacre innocent civilians in staged events and blame it on the syrian government? If not then your original claim above is FALSE.

        June 15, 2012 at 8:23 am |
      • infowarrior

        thinker, no. i don not believe the other Arab governments are playing along. hinse the the endless wars in the middle east. 10 years of chasing al qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. in regards to the second question. my simple mind is having troubles connecting my answer of "no" to my claim being false. can you please explain?

        June 15, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Marine5484

      Here goes another right-wing idiot calling for U.S. intervention in Syria. Why can't the French do it for a change if they're so worried about what's going on there? It's high time that this country sat on the sidelines for a change and let other countries fight their own battles!

      June 15, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
      • blackhawkmom

        No other country is going to step in and pay for/or put their troops at risk as long as they think they can just sit back and the US will do it for them. It is time for other countries to step up to the plate. We cannot afford (in taxpayer money and our children's lives) to take care of all the world's problems.

        June 15, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • Trevor

        "Another right-wing idiot"? You make this assumption based on what indicators in this individual's post? I don't see the evidence...or is your biased opinion clearly showing through?

        June 15, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Thinker23

      "Infowarrior"... First, you're telling us that by "having the CIA ship in, funding, and training some rebels that are actually al aqaede (this is no joke. do the some research). having them massacre innocent civilians in staged events and blaming it on the syrian government. destabalizing the country and sending it into a civil war, only to rush in and save the day ..." the President WOULD BECOME A WORLD'S HERO. Then you answer NO to a question if YOU would consider the President a hero for doing these things.

      I'm sorry to say it but even a simple mind would see a contradiction between these two statements of yours.

      June 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
  6. Thinker23

    It's pretty comical how the Jew-haters blame Israel and the Jews for everything... They blame the Jews for Arab "installing" Arab dictators and they blame the Jews for organizing the Arab "uprising" to remove Arab dictators. They blame Israel for Arab wars with each other and they blame the Jews for the US policies. More than anything they blame Israel for trying to make peace with the Arabs. Then they turn around and blame Israelis for defeating the Arabs attacking Israel.

    It is pretty sad but no amount of complaints will change anything. If and when the number of dead Arabs will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace. Only then peace will become possible.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Not only is it comical, "engaging" with these "Zionist conspiracy" folks is not even worthy of a response and the effort it takes to actually move your fingers in reference to said response.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  7. konner

    Let them fight their civil war. We have lost enough of our troops and budget on foreign wars that we don't need to be apart of already.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • blackhawkmom

      STRONGLY agree.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
  8. GeorgeBushSr

    With this post i am reminded of Black Sabbath's "War pigs".

    June 15, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
  9. Bribarian

    another war to secure israel's borders

    June 15, 2012 at 3:11 am | Reply
  10. Frank

    Invading Syria could be political suicide for Antichrist Obama,

    June 15, 2012 at 3:10 am | Reply
  11. Yup

    the bible tells us that Damascus will be a ruinous heap, so someone is going to do the bombing

    June 15, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
  12. RCDC

    We should not go in Syria. Did we learn anything in Iraq? Let it heal itself.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
  13. alexsanalysis

    Reblogged this on alexsanalysis.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  14. smahaba

    The removal of Assad is the most the best way to break the New Evil Axis on Russia/Iran/Syria/Hezbollah/China
    and will deliver a huge blow to the Mullahs of Iran.
    The Syrian revolution Free Syrian Army will do all the work on the ground (It already is) the main thing needed is Air support against Tanks which can be done even with drowns, or Tomahawks missiles

    June 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • NC

      So saith the Sheeple.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  15. Hharm

    Great to see all the smart people out and posting as usual

    June 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
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    Facing Deportation? Visit http://www.immigrant-project.com for information?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  17. BOB

    SYRIA DOES NOT VOTE IN U.S. ELECTIONS, OBAMA WILL DO NOTHING.
    MAYBE HE WILL GO TO SYRIA FOR A FUND RAISER.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  18. BOB

    WHAT A BUNCH OF BS, OBAMA WILL DO NOTHING.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • blackhawkmom

      Good.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  19. Chrisekpo

    This is the clearest indication that OBAMA-Hilary Clinton are jerks for inteferring in every country's problems

    These middle East countries are not US colonies for American Presidents or Senators to say – "Mubarrak must go; Gadaffi must go; Assad must go"

    Now America's organized Arab Spring has the whole region in turmoil
    Your house is in disarray. Set your house in order first
    Leave these middle East countries ALONE

    June 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Keira

      I agree 100% . No offence to you americans but let them settle their own problems and please stop being the global police man, maybe spend some of your money on medial and science area's instead of military and security. History will write a different book then you and it will tell a tale of abuse of power and over indulgence. The land of freedom yet prisoners of their own devices. I'm a Canadian and lots of Canadians love you but they really don't like what they are seeing. I play xbox with your children and see you are spawning more and more generations of soldiers and they are starting to show signs of what we saw in WW2 Germany. Stop fighting like warriors you have proved you are strong long ago and consider what you did in the golden years. Remember the man on the moon and Kennedy's speech ? That's something to be proud of and will live forever not petty wars and the newest drone.

      Forgive my words America I mean no pun, I'm 31 years old and watched this all my life, drop the fists

      June 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • smahaba

      Chris It is not just about the horrible crimes of Assad against even children, it is about US interest as well.
      Rather than invading Iran, and to cut off the aggressive Putin and his base in Syria, can be done with little AIR help to the Syrian people:
      The removal of Assad is the best way to break the New Evil Axis of Russia/Iran/Syria/Hezbollah/China
      and will deliver a huge blow to the Mullahs of Iran.
      The Syrian revolution Free Syrian Army will do all the work on the ground (It already is) the main thing needed is Air support against Tanks which can be done even with drowns, or Tomahawks missiles

      June 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  20. Reluctant Citizen

    The U.S. will do whatever Israel tells them to do. The entire U.S. Congress is on the Israeli payroll. The POS that is supposed to represent you could care less if your kids get blown up for Greater Israel. The only question is.......why do you tolerate it?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  21. charles bowen

    Time to smoke this bird Assad....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    June 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • NC

      Time to smoke this bird, Charles. He's too dumb to post on here.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  22. Mike

    Jodan should Invade Syria and expand its country to include Damascus and East of Syria (Euphrates River) as well.If Syria falls Jordan will find it hard to secure water for its people, because it currently gets its water from Syria. So Jordan should invade Syria and I think the Damascus people want to remain protected from the Muslims in the north west of Syria. so this will be a win win situation. then the north west of syria can form its own islamic country (if they wish to do so, or if they want to join Jordan then they have the option). The New expanded Jordan will thus close the Eastern borders of Iraq, and prevent fighters from flowing back and forth. Also the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and Syria and Jordan can all now be given Jordanian citizenship, since it will be a very large country and so can absorb all the Palestinians. The new Jordan will have no more water problems, and will have oil. Just a crazy thought, but I thought of putting out there, just to entertain the idea.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Vexed Levantine

      yeah.. nice try. not that simple and not gonna happen though. πŸ™‚

      June 15, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      The Jordanian military is one of the least capable in the ME and would would get their butts handed to them by the Syrians, end of story...hence the reason why there is so much coordination and training with the U.S. in recent months.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
  23. Kent in Dallas TX

    All you fanatics who post total nonsense about Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Al Jazeera... need to read my previous post, assuming that any of you know how to read.

    If you can't write anything halfway intelligent, then please quit posting anything on American & European blogs.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • charles bowen

      Freedom Of Speach is one of our Basic Rights.. You dont like what you read, don't forget the right of others to disagree with your views time to man up and take it on the chin..... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

      June 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
      • NC

        Charles, go troll elsewhere. You are nothing but a blind paid sheeple. You're pathetic.

        June 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  24. Woody

    Just hope this does not turn into another world war .

    June 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  25. Al

    And we need to go to Syria for what? Do they have oil? Do they serve us any purpose? No, the cause is that the Administration needs something. And just think that if Bush taking us to Iraq was worthless, the same is about Syria. Let them do as they want with each other, let's just bring ALL our troops home.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • yourgovernmenthatesyou

      For Israel. That's for what for. All of the US and UK war mongers are Zionists. Good luck to the Syrians in defending your nation from the Zionists who have taken over my country and now use our power to murder and pillage and control otherwise peaceful people's. It is with great sadness that I say, my country is an enemy occupied country. It is not ruled by its own people, it is ruled by Israel via traitors such as William Hague who have pledged their loyalty to Israel.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • YoungMarine

      i don't support a war with Syria but no you retard it's about them murdering their own civilians

      June 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  26. Bob

    Good. Now that they have that out of the way, they can turn their attention to planning their Gay Pride event.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  27. Kent in Dallas TX

    Wooten...

    You are either (1) hopelessly stupid & ignorant, (2) crazy & totally out of touch with reality or (both.)

    Why would the United States & Western Europe want civil, chaos & anarchy anywhere in the Middle East.

    Europe was almost totally destroyed during Word War II, with many europens eating anything they could find, including horses.

    Why would they want millions of refugees & belligerants swarming across their borders.

    Most able-bodied Americans went through Hell on Earth fighting in Europe & the Pacific. When American & Brittish soldiers invaded France at Normany, only one man out of dozens lived long enough to set foot on the shore.

    Why would any veteran of World War II want his great grandchildren to be slaughtered in another war?

    NATO & Israel want peace. The Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia want peace & stability so they can continue to sell their oil.

    You need to open your eyes & find out who is really fighting & dying in Syria now.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • marctheduck

      Also of significance is the emerging fact that they amount of territory that Assad controls is shrinking. Obviously that means that they opposition has more going for it than stone throwing and IEDs here and there. This also means it is a more dangerous situation than a one-sided massacre would be (that is horrible, but the specter of complete chaos will almost certainly mean that the fighting will spread outside Syria's borders in unpredictable ways).

      June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • Sleeping With Kent's mother in Dallas TX

      hahahahahahahahahahahah...................hey everybody, get a load of this guy! NATO WANTS PEACE!!!! Lmao...do you listen to yourself man?

      June 15, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
      • NC

        HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA.......yea this guy is one nut short of a nutcase. "NATO wants peace". That's about as true as DHS saying that terrorists and Al Qaeda are using fire to create forest fires in Midwestern U.S. Oh God, what will the sheeple think of next....

        June 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  28. WhackyWaco

    Obama, Clinton, and Panetta are stupid.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • harold

      why are we planning another war in the middle east...this country has gone mad and we will go down like the roman empire...we have enough problems here...let syria solve their own problems...what ia next..iran..i served in the military..we have no right to go to anothe country in the mideast..england is using us like fools....this country has lost its mind and our govt is corrupt..it would not make any difference if led by obama or a republican...something is seriously wrong with fighting another war in the mideast..we will eventually be sucker punched by another country here....

      June 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • NC

      No arguments with you there, buddy.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  29. Snooky4sale

    Hey President Obumbo what are you going to do next broadcast the invasion plan 24 hours in advance so Syria can prepare for it?? This moron is out to destroy this Nation What a Loser

    June 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • marctheduck

      You're certainly right about all the leaks coming from his administration. But in this case the military might like it known to one and all (including the Russians) that we are drawing a line somewhere short of complete chaos and dissemination of Chem/Bio weapons. The Russians are always happy to help chaos along a bit to keep us busy and out of their way. But we do much better when we're very clear and direct in our intentions and the amount of strength we will put into a situation we deem critical. The Russians still back down when we do that as happened in Georgia a few years ago.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • GBucello

      Are you kidding? The Pentagon wants the Syrians to know that the US has military forces capable of conducting operations against them, and that plans have already been drafted for any and every contingency. Thus far, Syria has totally relied on the fact that intervention from the outside world was highly unlikely. This closes the gap. The Syrian Armed Forces would be absolutely destroyed in a fight against the US, and they know it.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  30. Jeremiah Godfrey

    Let them fight... It is not our fight. We should not get involved in other countries wars. It is crazy that our military leaders always think that it is a good idea. US soldiers that die for other countries are tired of it. Bring my friends home where they belong.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • marctheduck

      No, you're wrong Geoffrey. We're not preparing and training just for the sport of it. If those Chem/Bio weapons are let loose they'll wind up going all different directions and into the hands of those even less friendly toward us than Syrian or Iran.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  31. EVN

    Good to know the U.S. is ready. Too bad there are so many delusional posters on the websites, but many are clearly hacks working for Assad. Others are self-perceived comics with nothing much to say and little thought behind their spoutings, but that's just the down side of being able to express themselves, regardless of how ridiculous, unfactual, or outright callous it is, all behind the safety of anominity (or perceived anaminity) of the web. Assad's days are numbered, and one can only hope his reckoning comes before he and his henchmen manage to kill or torture more unarmed women and children, most of whom have done nothing, while most of the rest have only dared to challenge his dictarial rule and oppression. Alawites are going to be losing a lot of sleep in the coming days.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • DkB

      you, sir, lack common sense. you are part of the statistics, an educated individual but badly misinformed. get of cnn and fox news, consult other sources before you believe everything you see on those american channels. I honestly cannot take you seriously..

      June 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  32. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Keep out of it! The USA has some very ignorant leaders. We already have thousands dead in the middle east and we are BROKE! We need a complete change of leadership and that includes certain Generals with big mouths!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Ceri

      You will be quaking in your boots when some group takes control of the chemical and biological weapons sites and start selling off the contents to terrorists to fund their armaments.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
      • dreamer96

        We bombed Saddam's chemical weapons plants in 1991, the one Germany sold Saddam was bombed..burn those chemicals weapons up with napalm....

        June 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  33. dreamer96

    Send in the super secret attack squirrels, and the secret squad of flying bomber cows..knock out the northern Syrian Air defenses and send in two man ATV's teams with shoulder launched stinger missiles for the Syrian fighters, and RPG teams for the Syrian tanks...The modern Rat Patrol on steroids....

    June 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  34. AlFea

    QATAR, FRANCE, SAUDI ARABIA AND THE US FUND AND SEND MASSIVE AMOUNT OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA IN ORDER TO DESTABILIZE THE COUNTRY AND CAUSE MORE DEATHS. CNN DOES NOT REPORT THIS FACT! DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA. THEY ONLY REPORT ONE SIDE OF THE CONFLICT!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • EVN

      Next you are going to be telling us all that Al Jazzera is also lying and that Assad – who wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the rear, isn't a pathological liar. BTW – enlighten us with the "facts", or are you just too busy posting drivel, AFLEA?

      June 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
      • AlFea

        YOU ARE FOOLISH IDIOT IF YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING AL JAZEERA AND CNN TELL YOU. THESE MEDIA AGENCIES FOLLOW THE POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND DON'T REPORT WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE TOO MANY FOOLISH TOOLS LIKE YOU

        June 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  35. AlFeah

    AMERICANS, DO NOT LET YOUR CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT WASTE YOUR MONEY AGAIN. THOSE CRIMINALS NEED TO BE THROWN IN PRISON. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO FORCE REGIME CHANGE ON A SOVEREIGN COUNTY. THEY MUST BE SEVERELY PUNISHED BY RUSSIA AND CHINA IF THEY DARE PUT THEIR DIRTY HANDS ON SYRIA. LEAVE SYRIA ALONE!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  36. Whome

    All you fools that are gun-ho for going into Syria fine lets start by sending all the college graduates that can't pay off there loans or find a job over first.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      I bet you wouldnt tell me that to my face.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • Whome

        Now your talking through your As _.

        June 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • cyg

      Am sure there are plenty of GOP contractors chomping at the bit for their next job opp

      June 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Rew

      You obviously are not one of those graduates, considering your use of "there" and "your".

      June 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
      • escher7

        It is always the white trash that never went to school that hate education. I have seen it many times in my own life.

        June 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  37. Jason

    Maybe you dont understand that we joined the military for this reason. Its not a draft....i dont care if you want to see civilians in a foreign country get slaughtered but i dont. Any chance to help is what i signed for.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
    • Whome

      So you say you joined the military so you could go overseas and kill people, if your in the military which i doubt what brach what division what unit please.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
      • Jason

        82nd Airborne , 2-505.

        June 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Whome

      I give you that.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
      • American Citizen

        Jason, I believe in you and all others like you...to hell with the rest

        June 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • escher7

      Jason, if I get this clown's address how about we send in the 82nd. Then again a skinny kid would do.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Francine

      Good man, Jason.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
  38. ALPHA115

    The USA has a plan on the table for every scenario. Thats all this is, until after elections anyway. Obama is well aware that another war would be political suicide. I believe it's time to end this policing the world crap. Let the Syrians sort it out themselves. It's time for the people to take a stand and end this madness that politicians keep dragging this country into.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      I remember Bush said that once too, when he was elected. Never once did he make an effort to actually believe that.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  39. oef vet

    As a vet I would be more willing to intervene now and stop a future al qaeda stronghold from forming. However,my country simply cannot take the burden right now. The leader of the free world is exhausted and faces greater threats at home as our political and economic processes become their own form of sectarian concern. The world needs to step up.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • escher7

      As always, the guys who fight and have fought give the intelligent opinions.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
      • oef vet

        Girl, actually but thank you

        June 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Whome

    Looks like the peace president will send more of American's youth to there death in the middle east.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • rick

      better to fight there than here. always and forever. only people who argue otherwise want to bring their killing ways here. aint going to happen.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
      • Whome

        Are you going? Just so you know I did my time.

        June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Rags

      I strongly suggest that you volunteer and leave the chatter to us.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  41. EinZuschauer

    Good thing no one in the executive branch is leaking anything about military planning or the news might get a hold of potential contingency options for Syria.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • escher7

      The "leaks" serve their own purpose.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  42. MARINE CORPS 92

    U.S MARINE LETS GO KICK SOME ASS!!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Whome

      Yea I see this working out well for all involved.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      Probably better than the kids that got knifed, right? I agree, I'd at least air campaign them – Assad deserves it just for his looks alone.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • USMARINE

      Oorah brother. First ones in, last ones out.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      More sickening bravado from a right-wing fool. This is the kind of thinking that led to WW2!!!

      June 15, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
      • Marine5484

        Thank you, George. Like you, I'm also sick and tired of all this bla-bla-bla about us getting on our high horses and go galloping over to another country where we have no business!

        June 15, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  43. Mary

    Isaiah 17:1 Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.
    Isaiah’s prophecy says that a remnant of Israel will turn to Yahweh and be saved from the Antichrist. When Isaiah refers to the Antichrist as the Assyrian, he is indicating from where the Antichrist will come. Ancient Assyria included territories represented by present day Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Mary, Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow. It popped virgin Mary twice and Mary said Whoa!, Whoa!

      June 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • kevgood

      Does the antichrist come every time Damascus is laid to waste?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  44. AmericanX

    Great! Just what we need another war and another military base that never leaves. We already have 4 wars and 900 military bases spread across the globe. Enough already! This globalism, imperialist occupation of foreign lands trying to save the world, bombing every last rock and brown person has got to stop!!
    We are not the damn police force for the world, but we sure act like it.
    Look at China over the last 30 yrs and look at our country. How many wars has China been in?
    They just sit back and laugh while they are counting their money and counterfeiting every item on the market.
    Meanwhile we are going bankrupt trying to protect some rotten 3rd world nation that doesn't give 2 cents about the USA. Our country is run by idiots! F N idiots!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • rick

      better to stop them there than here, whats your real agenda?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • ninja guy

        Hey Rick how would syrias civil war spread here? You are a retard who can't think before he types

        June 15, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Tom

      Well said. Good job

      June 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  45. onestarman

    EGYPTIAN Military have taken control for the SAME Reason The UN Cannot Stop the Syria SLAUGHTER because PUTIN is Still fighting the Same Old War (Not even a Cold War) in the Middle-east and thinks he NEEDS Them.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Putin's problem is he can no longer put in. He's incapacitated and doesn't get it up any longer so it's shorter.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  46. Reasonably

    Syria is not our problem. Let the Arab League deal with their mess. We don't need their oil and cries of a humanitarian crisis can be answered by...Arabs!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • rick

      chemical and biological weaponry is our problem. whats your real agenda?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  47. Stan

    THE PENTAGON Al Qaeda ARE ONE

    June 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      One what?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  48. Mary

    Isaiah 17:1 Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Mary, Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow. It popped virgin Mary twice and Mary said Whoa!, Whoa!

      June 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  49. ALL uh

    Sweet Jesus, what is wrong with us? NO MORE WARS! UNLESS US SOIL IS INVADED.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • rick

      ever read the articles you comment on? no fear of chemical or biological weapons falling into hands of jihadists? your buddies?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  50. Stan

    NO INVASION TO SYRIA!

    June 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Go Stan! You go first and we agree and will stand behind you. Far, far behind.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  51. magneticink

    ...speak softly, but if necessary, whoop some ass(ad)...

    June 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  52. George Patton

    Is the French military planning the same? And why does it always have to be the U.S. military anyway? The French military is already 150 times stronger than that of Syria,so let the the French come forward and intervene in Syria themselves instead of us, if we're so worried about Bashar al-Assad. In fact, they could have taken Mohammar Qaddaffy out in three weeks last year if they wanted to but that gutless Sarkozy hid behind the U.S. and Great Britain instead.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Because we want to win.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • kevgood

        lol

        June 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
      • Jonesyman

        In the words of the esteemed Gen. Schwarzkopf – going to war without the French would be like going deer hunting without an accordion.

        June 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  53. wootendw

    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 told CNN in an exclusive interview on Thursday."

    Dempsey is a liar. He knows fully well that the Syrian 'uprising', since its inception, has been a NATO-Netanyahu-organized -armed rebellion directed at killing innocent people and blaming the Syrian government in order to put a puppet regime in its stead that will relinquish Syria's rightful claims to the Golan Heights forever.

    June 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      A pretty bizarre claim, to say the least... Most Jew-haters claim that Israel was responsible for "installing" Arab dictators and keeping them in power. Some Jew-haters, apparently, are starting to blame Israel for the opposite, the Arab uprising against their dictators.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Al

      We all know how reliable Russian, Chinese and Syrian sources are...

      June 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • rick

      sure and you know this because it is tacked to the bulletin board of your local islamic center under "news and views from the PLO". time to put up the hookah and finish sweeping out the center.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • mardjan

      absolutely! many months before the so called "uprising" began, the US ambassador in Syria was expelled because he was planning the "uprising", meeting with whoever could make trouble. Look at all the big bucks rolling out of Qatar. It is just a front for American intervention in the ME. I would like to see US implement a no fly zone anywhere without the consent of the Russians.This all sounds like another crazy, expensive adventure that we should avoid like the plague.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  54. xFiFtyOnE

    Nobel peace prize. LOL

    June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • ALL uh

      nailed it, pretty funny huh?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
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