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. Wendy

    What if France said the same thing back during the American Revolution? There is nothing wrong with chosing sides...and if you think you know better, get out from behind your keyboard, run for office, and make a change.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  2. jim

    Sciguy73...On a board like this I think the message is main point.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  3. Mark

    Here we go again LOL

    June 17, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  4. consumer007

    Work on your proofreading, CNN staff:
    The planning, officials insist, is being done protectively and there have been no orders for any action from the White House.
    You mean "proactively", not "protectively". The latter is not a word. Also, the "post" button says "Publicar". Oops.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      NO one cares other than YOU ya friggin grammar Nazi.

      June 17, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
      • Sciguy73

        I care. Words are important. Lazy writing indicates lazy thinking.

        June 18, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • australian_bones

        You are patently wrong. Many people work with their minds rather than their hands and correct grammatical construction is fundamental to earning an income via the former. If one cannot even think through the very moderate complexities of a properly constructed sentence, then how can that person think through basic logic and construct any sort of cogent argument? My suggestion to you? Read, read, read.

        July 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
      • Rajiv

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        August 3, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • fool

      Good thing you're not part of the CNN staff, because you apparently don't know what a "word" is seeing how "protectively" is a valid word. Also, protectively does fit perfect in your crap of a comment. They are saying while the planing is being done, it's being protected, from potential retards like you getting the planned information. SMFH. Don't call someone out unless your point is valid.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • ADiff

        Protectively is certainly the wrong word.

        June 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  5. brown

    The Russian troops are arriving to secure the small amounts of very nasty weapons stored at their naval base.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply

      I believe USA should stay out of Syria..
      Also i believe CNN bans people for no reaon

      June 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
      • ualv

        CNN doesn't ban nearly enough people.

        June 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Hannibal7

    They ought to be allowed to have a revolution without outside intervention.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      And when terrorists plunder their stocks of chemical weapons, and start killing innocent people in the subways, will you still think there should have been no outside intervention?

      June 18, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • YouPieAreSquared

        Terrorists? SMH


        Stop, that's enough already.
        Turn off the TV, stop reading CNN, and lose the fear.

        June 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Teahi

      You need to just relax. Let it come as it will. If after relaxing, you aren't gnttieg what you want from her tell her. Be honest, upfront, and make sure you're both on the same page about your relationship boundaries.Sometimes people aren't good together after realizing what else is out there. Not to say either of you aren't good enough for each other, but, you both deserve to be happy right?You aren't being controlling, and the natural feeling of being obsessive towards her will go away with time.So, again, my short answer is to tell her exactly how you feel, or, be content with how things are.Let us know what happens after you talk, if you'd like.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  7. RCDC

    This is a very delicate issue. It could explode into WW III if we (USA) intervene. We should just let the Arab league intervene on the welfare of their (Syria citizen) innocent citizen. It's an Arab issue. We saw these happens in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and somewhere else around the world, ever since Osama bin Ladin pronounce his Arab spring agenda when he was alive. It might have some Osama game plan agenda on it and could have carried on by his followers. We (USA and Europe) should only push for medical, shelter and peaceful solutions for the sake of Syria citizens.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • 308Win

      yep WWIII

      Russia sending troops in soon. US and Russia coordinate or could this be a bit more blowback than the average SNAFU

      June 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • agree

      Actually providing medical attention to innocent Syrian civilians sounds like a great idea. (Not being a smart butt) Humanitarian efforts are the least we could do without actual combat.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  8. Steve

    With the endless wars around the globe, food grown with questionable chemicals, proper medical care out of the hands of many... It really feels like whoever is in control really wants a lot of dead people. It feels like someone wants to cull the global population. Starting with poor countries. Africa is already almost destroyed, the middle east is next. Whats next?

    June 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • ualv

      The US is next, I think in the long run we will find that despite being a super power for 75 years this country will go down in flames with very little lasting positive impact on the world. In 200 years people will be asking, USA who?

      June 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  9. dlilon

    As usual, US is too exalted in feeling of being world sheriff. Invade independent country, bomb civilians, kill millions of civilians, change unwanted regime – thats what US military are good at. Hopefully, USA has to deal with Russia and China, countries that will stop NATO agression and resolve syrian crisis diplomatically.

    Assad fights foreign mercenaries, even US intelligence knows Al-Quaeda, salafis, Muslim BrotherHood, saudi hired jihadists do their atrocities in Syria and blame Assad. World should let Assad's army wipe out terrorists.

    If Nato intervenes, more civilians will die.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  10. indep100

    If the Russians decide to stop the US from ousting Assad the Mayan's probability of being correct will skyrocket.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Alain Ciphat

      Them Mayans were pretty smart, weren't they.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
      • ualv

        They certainly were around longer then this shameful country.

        June 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  11. Luke

    Stay out of it!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  12. ronbro51

    Hopefully we do absolutely nothing and let them sort it out like we should have done to begin with in the Middle East!

    June 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • William

      The only place we really had any business going into was Afghanistan after 911 happened. To much hate in the Middle East not only of the US but between the very people that live there. It's really no wonder that governments in that area of the world resort to violence when confronted with demonstrations. Russia and China won't back any country that doesn't allow for the use of force against civilians because they do this in their own countries. Why would they agree to stop it with military action when it goes against what they themselves do?

      June 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  13. Albuquerque, Turkey

    War in afganistan 1,200,000,000,000$, War in Iraq 1,000,000,000,000$, War in Syria 1,000,000,000,000$+.

    Giving Democracy to people whose quality of life was better under a dictator and will hate your country afterwards for the next 100 years. Priceless for everything else we can just strip social programs during the 2nd great depression and feed the military instead.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • voodkokk

      US is in planning stage and Russia is in execution stage. They are building up their base with the money that the US taxpayers paid Russia for the Russian Helicopters. You gotta love our so called leaders. They have no clue. They don't teach leadership at Harvard or Yale or any other school. You are either born a leader or a follower.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  14. justnutted......

    OH, i love how deliusional Berry and his crew are... I guess if you want to spread democracy, you have to use your B2 bomers to do so... Democracy only comes with b2 bomers.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • lucas

      do not reply

      June 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • ualv

        WHAT? HUH?

        June 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  15. lucas

    i think americans should stay in their country and forget about supporting syrian opposition.if today Americans decided not to support the syrian oppsition again the war will end.however if they insist they want to go to Syria the russians will be waiting for them and i think Americans themselves can say something about russians.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • jamfanwp

      What about that chapter in my American History book where the French were instrumental in the defeat of the British in the American Revolution. Should I just tear it out of there? Pretend it didn't happen? Effectively learn nothing from it? Sounds great. The US is securing oil reserves every opportunity it gets, why do you think Russia is there? You think either side cares about the Syrian people, or what's under the ground? Syria may very well turn into Russia's Iraq while the rest of the Allies stand aside. They need oil just like the US, and we would be more than willing to concede that to them provided they did the right thing.

      July 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  16. JohanHorn

    Assad must go now by force .

    June 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  17. bobdole

    Mexico is right next to us and its gong threw a blood bath that is way past anything happening in Syria. Dont get me wrong its terrible whats happening to those people there but we have a war thats not slowing down right on our borders. In fact its getting worse there. 60,000+ people have died in Mexicos drug ways since 2006. Its on the point of truly spilling over into the US side of the fence. There has already been a few little things here and there but the news largely ignores it. Sure they might put up an article here or a small tv snippet there but nothing like what they are doing with Syria. Its complete BS.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • Dan

      But Barry said that the Border is more secure than ever. Surly him and Janet Nepoleontano wouldn't lie.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • ruelander

      Ever considered to have the drugs free? The war on drugs has asked more lifes and far more money as whatever would have happened when the drugs would have been free with a very good information on the effects of drug-use. This whole drug problem in the USA is showing complete lack of logic sense. So no good comparisson with the war in Syria. The drugs will continue to be a problem as long as some Americans can make a fortune in dealing drugs or fighting it. The problems in Syria and other Arab/Asian countries are tremendous. They ask for resolute resolutions.
      When America would turns it face from this, the bill for this will be presented later on and the next generation of Americans will have to pay it..

      June 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • Wendy

        Yes, legalize drugs, thats the answer....we should legalize rape and murder to while we are at it...you cant stop that either....

        June 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  18. RCDC

    Can't we all get along? I 'm sure I heard that from somewhere.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:59 am | Reply
  19. Chris

    Well, thank you CNN, Barbara Starr.
    Finally an article worth the "in-depth" adjective, with a little background and properly researched.
    Can we expect more of this kind and less "Reuters rephrasing"?

    June 16, 2012 at 5:18 am | Reply
  20. Ohajionu Emeka

    I don't really get it. Why is the U.S hesistating to do the right thing to safe the ordinary helpless syrian citizen(s); since the UN peace plan was a total failure.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:50 am | Reply
  21. Paul

    At this point it is just spin and set up for the neighbors of Syria to ask the USA for assistance. Before that the Russia has said "no" to regime change in Syria and now Russia is the only country left to assist Syria. The chess game starts...

    June 16, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
  22. pETER

    War, war and more war because their own rebels killed and murdered innocent civilians and blamed on Assad. All designed to give an excuse to go to war and you see Puppet Ban Ki Moon trumpeting from first day all caused by Assad and how pathetic he looked .

    Soo 200 died and going to cause another Libya Nato bombings that would kill 500,000 more .... so much for their weird "humanatarian " concern.

    Really we today see how terrible this UN is and nearly the entire stupid countries around the world keep quiet .

    We only have Russia to rely on to save the world from these evils of the world.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:14 am | Reply
    • reeeg

      I agree with pETER. These countries in the Middle East are the crux of all the real turmoil in the world. It is based on the hatred they have for each other within a country and between countries. Leave them to the Russians. We should focus in our own hemisphere, Europe and Asia, less Pakistan and India. Leave the Inidans and Pakis to Russia as well.
      If we do go somewhere with our Military, then we should eliminate as many as possible, in as short a perioid as possible, then pull out. Otherwise this police work is not practical, these people just hate each other.

      June 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  23. Josh P.

    At this point I really hope when Assad really feel cornered,he unleash all he has on Ishrahell and all the others supporting NATO thieves,Saudi Arabia second,so all hell can break loose

    June 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • 1a2rd2

      why did u mispell the only civIl and sane country , are u Biased? it's I S R A E L ! ! !

      June 16, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
    • Dtu1966

      Your an IDIOT

      June 16, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • Keep Your Eye On Da Puddy Tat

      PLO pays him a dollar for everytime he can get "Israhell"
      into a sentence.

      June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  24. realPerson

    So we are planning to invade to 'stop' a civil war, right after we invaded and started one in Syria's neighbor, Iraq... anybody who buys this as a causus beli is a damned fool.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  25. Marco Hsiao

    [ 2000 US soldiers died in Afghanistan, the US treasury is dangerous ]

    120,000 US soldiers (2000 have died in Afghanistan) could not defeat Taliban for 10 years Is the US military low quality? Besides more and more Afghan are supporting Taliban. Afghan future must decide only by Afghan people. 25 years later Libyan people will build a memorial hall to remember Gaddafi, and hate the US forever. Now the US is moving to another wrong.

    In 2012 the US Federal debt is exceeding US$ 16 trillion. In 2017 it will exceed 17 trillion. The US government borrows 7% GDP but economic growth is 1.9%, in reality the US economic growth should be only 0.5%. The immoral US state department is only loyal to the US weapon corporation; and wants to bankrupt the US treasury, the US might have a huge treasury crisis, and it will end the US era. US authority must change behavior.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      The taliban is a shell of itself, it is in disary, top leaders have been killed. The taliban can no longer undertake effective operations. Where the problems lay are with the new Iraq Goverment. We could use drone attacks, cruise missles, and iarcraft to destroy the Syrian Military.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  26. Marco Hsiao

    [ US authority must change behavior ]

    Syria has no oil; after war it will be very difficult to restore economy, it will be chaotic, poor and angry. Its territory closes to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon Palestinian, Saudi Arabia and Iran, lots of Islamic fighters will come to Syria for Jihad for next 15 years, no one can judge who is Syrian or Iraqi?

    The US has killed more than 100,000 innocent Iraqi Muslim (the estimation from British is one million); the US also kills 30,000 innocent Muslims in Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan. Thus the US is worst country on violating human right and violating morality in the 21st century. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan should get apology and compensation (US$ 6, 2, 2, 2 trillion) from the US. Human right must be respected.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  27. Marco Hsiao

    [ Wrong US policy conducts – 100,000 Syrian civilian will die and 15 years war ]

    The US government and the US media both have made too many lies on Syria. It is another Saddam's weapon of mass destruction. Muslim love Muslim, but the US military hate Muslim. The US State Department is making another wrong and immoral policy.

    This mistake will kill 100,000 innocent Muslims and forge 15 years war. It will be another war which similar to Iraq and Afghanistan war. Except Israel returns land to Syria, and let Palestinian to have their own country (West Bank and Gaza); any democratic election will produce a government which hate the US and Israel. The US is supporting a minority.

    Syrian government has 55% supporting from Syrian people. If the US uses military violence and big money to overthrow Syria, then a 15 years civil war will happen continually, 100,000 civilian will die; the last consequence – Syrian people will win, and they will hate the US forever.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Andrey

      Right. Who is Evil Empire now?

      June 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  28. oscar disabled vet.

    I kno that Syria isnt a war machine but thier neighbors are and thats the hornets nest i was talking about. Russia wants you to belive that they are second tier at best but we dont kno for sure when was the last time they were inspected for WMD's? and i think that China would not hold back if thier borders were threatend so what do we do? go in save the kids yes? go in for democracy?if thats the case then why not Darfur? genocide cant' be a charge for democracy.? idk? anymore.

    June 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  29. Bribarian

    Wow another war for zi0nism eh?

    June 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • realist

      You stupid idiot! Israel is the first line of defense for Saudi Arabia. It is all about oil. Hussein was also going to go through Kuwait to get to Saudi. Want to give up your car, A/C, lifestyle, manufacturing? This is not about Israel. Study

      June 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  30. maltesefalconx9

    I think the next stop will be to re-invade Vietnam. How many of the hippies at Woodstock have they managed to kill off? I guess that'll mean a whole lot of freedom in the Amerika.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  31. maltesefalconx9

    After 12 years, the US military wants another one. They must be obsessive.
    The government of that country is something I just can not relate to.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • FMAN18

      I totally agree. Lets go ahead and get more US troops put in danger...and oh yea cause more heartache for their families for a country that would certainly not help if a civil war broke out in the US. American people are struggling, the economy is in horrible shape and many states, like mine Illinois, are in financial disaster situations. But hey lets focus on something that does not effect the US. For once the US Government needs to take priority and focus on helping our nation rather than nations that have been fighting these wars for 1000s of years!!!! Lets support our troops and bring them home to defend OUR NATION! We do not need to lose on more soldier for a country that could give two Sh@#s about the United States!!

      June 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply

    Let's call a spade a spade. STOP calling them "American troops". In all honest accuracy they should be called Zionist troops. They are not American by any stretch of the imagination. They fight for nothing but the Zionist Agenda whether they realize it or not.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  33. Gopherit

    Is the "biological and chemical weapons depots" bit a ruse which could be used to attempt to justify American intervesntion in Syria, as were the alleged and subesquently-disproven "weapons of mass destruction" allegations used to justify the invasion of Iraq? Is the actual not-so-well hidden agenda to take out al-Assad as an anti-Israel antagonist?

    June 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  34. InternalConflict

    We helped the Egyptians when the Arab-Spring began and now the Muslim Brotherhood becoming the dominant power , who will turn Egypt backward with sharia law and driving out the Coptic Christians, if we help to get rid of Assad in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood would be in power for sure, there\'s no way to solve the situation in Syria, it\'s is a showdown between Shiites ( Iran, Iraq-70% Shiites,Alawites, Hezbollah.. ) VS. Sunnis ( Saudi, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas.. ) . Whoever we plan to help will eventually become our Biggest Enemy down the road. Sometimes doing NOTHING is better than doing something like this current crisis.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  35. InternalConflict

    We helped the Egyptians when the Arab-Spring began and now the Muslim Brotherhood becoming the dominant power , who will turn Egypt backward with sharia law and driving out the Coptic Christians, if we help to get rid of Assad in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood would be in power for sure, there's no way to solve the situation in Syria, it's is a showdown between Shiites ( Iran, Iraq-70% Shiites,Alawites, Hezbollah.. ) VS. Sunnis ( Saudi, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas.. ) . Whoever we plan to help will eventually become our Biggest Enemy down the road. Sometimes doing NOTHING is better than doing something like this current crisis.

    June 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  36. hondo

    another war for israel....we are so screwed. I wonder how many people believe anything our gvt./corporate media says

    June 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  37. dudley

    This would be like fighting the devil for a Clark Bar.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  38. PBJ

    look at it this way scotus better not do anything stupid...hard times

    June 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  39. dudley

    Is there no other single nation on the planet that can give their blood, money and international reputation in exchange for someone's problems? Is it always going to the US?

    We've left our people's remains scattered all over the world and what we get in return is the antipathy even of those for whom we give the lives and resources of our families.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  40. Jim Larson

    For the love of god, intervene NOW and save the children of Syria !!!

    June 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • rory

      This time please use some other excuse.US has been using this reason too often.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • sean petrin

      YES!! Let's murder a bunch of faceless people whom we don't know or care about! Why should anyone look into the facts before recommending action? As long as it's for the CHILDREN!! I mean, look at all the children we saved in Iraq! I mean, sure, there were LOTS of civilian casualties, including children, but that's just collateral damage, right? And all the children that were deformed by all the depleted uranium from our weaponry- well, just more collateral damage. But I'm sure we brought SOME 'freedom' and 'democracy' to a FEW children there, I'm sure. So let's go into yet ANOTHER country that we have no business interfering with, and bring THEM the same 'freedom' that we brought to Iraq!! Why base an opinnion on fact, when you can just swallow whole the propaganda the government and media provide!?

      June 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Yes, just like we 'saved' the children in Iraq and Libya. Ask Madeleine Albright.
      Uh....what part of Tel Aviv do you live in?

      June 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • John

      We have issues in this country. Can not be the police of the world. I beliebe the blood and treasure of this country is exhausted on other nations instead of our own. Sending troops around the world causes more problems then solving them. If you have such a concern, pack you're gear, grab a rifle and go solve the problems of others. Oh, let me guess, you have a family. A job. An upcoming vacation. just can;t be bothered.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  41. Stay out of it!

    "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"
    Yet another reason to stay out of this conflict. Who are we to pick the religion to be incharge? This operation would require a large number of people and resources... The Arab League should be the ones provide any and all resources to end this conflict because when it goes sideways, and it will, the US WILL NOT be the scapegoat.

    June 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  42. oscar

    I am very worried that they are even talking about asessment. point is we would put our troops in a hornets nest surronunded by the likes of China,Iran,Russia, we dont need to go in alone thats for sure we a perspective from all 42 countrys who want to go in not just the U.S. may god help us if we do.

    June 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  43. Dr Zeus

    All this talk of Russia standing up against the international community (literally) and WW3 is ridiculous. We live in a global economy. Other than their commodity sales of oil/gas, Russia has virtually no international business investment beause of all the corruption and lack of the rule of law there. If they stand up for a miniature Hitler (which validates their true values), the world economy will totally avoid them. They already have a decreasing birth rate, and people that are educated leave the country in droves compared to western democracies. It would be even worse economically for Russia if they go against international will and human rights.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      When you here about G8+1 meeting, the +1 is Russia. Russia is no longer a influence on the world, and that makes them all the more dangerous. If they wanted to prove that they need to be taken seriously, taking out US an NATO force on Syrian soil would cement their standing in the world.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • Dr Zeus

        Exactly. The only thing that makes them have any significance is nuclear arms. Very similar to Pakistan and North Korea. For without, none of those 3 would have any significance.

        June 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  44. TheGreenMan

    re; What would the US military do.

    "Friendly fire" anyone ?

    June 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  45. joshua

    Mass reduction of humans is what this is all about. see dr owour a prophet among us. read deuteronomy 18 & st marks 16 to confirm. only through Jesus and G. help we can survive what is coming. Rome will face G. and will have to pay for all the astrocities committed until today and all the blood that have been shed for centuries. time is over may G be with all.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  46. Jack

    I cannot believe the level of paranoia on some of these posts. Anyone thinking this is only about Syria needs to think again. Take a look at a map of ME. Central Asia, and Western Asia. Then take a look at US military bases.outposts in the ME. The strategy is pretty easy to see. This is much bigger than any one country.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  47. McGuffin

    Ah, I see, so the U.S. policy is that we don't get involved in humanitarian crises... unless the country has oil, in which case we start civil wars. But we will get involved in preventing civil wars... unless the country is in central Africa.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • andres

      True, you point is what? I don't believe that we will get involved in Syria until the elections are over in November. But if we do get involved it will be only to 'safe guard' the chemical and biological weapons. Hopefully if it comes to that we do a much better job than we did in Lybia with the sam missles that are now spread all over the world.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  48. Jack

    Considering the US retains 40+ bases in the ME alone Syria and Iran are very easy targets if the US wanted to cause havoc for them. At present the US is about containment, with the intent ousting both regimes. It is very easy to look at a mapping of the ME and determine US strategy. The strategy involves much more the ME.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • U.S. Minister of Defense

      Well put, Jack. Instead, however, why don't we start working on containing our own FING problems, poverty, education, overspending, jobs, economy, growth, etc. etc. etc.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • deepBassie

        Because, Mr. Minister, "our" problems (those of the people) are not the same as the problems faced by the people that actually call the shots. Their decisions are based on maintaining their wealth, not helping the people. It's the same in every country and has been since civilization emerged. This is a rich mans conflict paid for by the blood of the common man. Nothing new under the sun here. Same story all around the world. Sorry to state the obvious, but that's how it's going to continue until the human mind evolves (grows up) and greed is controlled.

        June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  49. Luke


    NATO the US and the Main Stream Media are about to launch a Major Disinformation Canpaign to sell the idea of War against Syria and possibally with Russia!
    If you want to prevent these crimes and dont want to see a potential WW3 situation you should act now:
    Circulate this article on the Internet and alert your elected officials.
    www. infowars. com/alert-nato-gulf-axis-set-to-deploy-vast-disinformation-campaign-in-syria-starting-this-weekend/
    If NATO and our Government have their way theyll explode the Mid East and possibally more in WAR.
    www. infowars. com/alert-nato-gulf-axis-set-to-deploy-vast-disinformation-campaign-in-syria-starting-this-weekend/

    June 15, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • infowarrior

      Thank you Luke. Glad to see there is other awake people informing themselves appropriatly, and spreading the knowledge.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • McGuffin

      Since they haven't been able to completely fix the Great Recession with a new deal-style thing, they've decided they need to start WWIII. Makes sense, right? It worked in the '40s.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Dr Zeus

      There won't be a WW3. Russia is a tier II country. It has a GDP the size of Portugal, no international business investment (accept oil/gas) because of govt corruption, citizens leave the country for better living conditions. Russia's only friends are Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Serbia, Burma.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Jed

      Komsomolskaïa Pravda This old communist paper sponsored this articular. I wonder if there isn't some sort of perverse bias going on her. Besides, any US president that would instigate another war in the ME would be crucified. This whole Syria issue will be decided by it's people and no one else. Look at Egypt and Libya.,.,. what a mess.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  50. Waiting for WWIII

    Russia and China are Syria's allies The same can be said of Iran and Russia is already sending Gunships to Syria. Any attack against these two is an attack against two of Russia and China's business partners. The US is actually small change by comparison to middle eastern business with Asia Major/Minor

    Does anyone believe for a second that the US would stand by if Russia invaded Canada? Why does anyone think Russia will stand by if the US invades Syria? Russia has already threatened pre-emptive strikes against Anti-ICBM facilities in Europe. What will they do if we invade their Alies?

    This potential invasion is foolish and will not be anywhere as easy as what will be considered the practice wars we have been playing with for the past decade. An invasion of Syria will not end the conflict, it will start WWIII.

    Time to start thinking about fallout shelters again...

    June 15, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • mike

      Not really allies just people they can sell their guns to and get oil in return

      June 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • eyzmin

      you act like any of those countries could stand up to the us. the us military accounts for 43% of the total world defence spending out of 190+ countries. syria is a poor country. their military would fold quick. there would be mass defections to the anti-assad side. russia has downsized and stripped its military since the cold war, keeping a little of the good stuff and selling off the obsolete old crap, mainly to china(who is still using 1950s era kilo class submarines). chinas military may be big but its still using secand rate equipment, and last i knew it still has un-mechanised divisions in its army. the only thing you would have to worry about is nukes and moscow wouldnt dare escalate because of NATO. beijing has many communist hardliners who might push the button if they get invaded and are going to have to capitulate, but the US couldnt afford to occupy big countries like china or russia and they know it. no ww3 is going to happen. russia and china wouldnt dare try anything

      June 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  51. banlin

    The USA and the West should stay out of the Syrian civil war, just like Europe stay out of the US civil war. This is a Syrian and Muslim affair let the Arab League intervene if they so chooses. If the UN wants UN members to intervene then pass a resolution calling all countries and this include Russia, China and all Muslim countries to step forward.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  52. GAB

    I would support a NO FLY ZONE, but let the Arabs country's put troops on the ground. Or just ask the Israeli to handle it-
    they would be back home for lunch and Assad would be dead...

    June 15, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • banlin

      Unfortunately this is not only about Assad, this is also about the rebels being infiltrated with Islamist or al Qaeda affiliated groups.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  53. Yup

    Get over it folks, this is going to happen and the U.S. WILL be involved. Since when has our govenment given 2 corn holes on what the American people think.....they will do what they want with American deaths to follow. For what....there countrys cant stand us nor can we stand them.....thet botton line is that they want this war. WWIII

    June 15, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
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