The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria
, suggesting that a campaign to tilt the balance from President Bashar al-Assad to the opposition would be a vast undertaking, costing billions of dollars, and could backfire on the United States.
The list of options-laid out in a letter from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
, to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin
of Michigan-was the first time the military has explicitly described what it sees as the formidable challenge of intervening in the war. ...
... The options, which range from training opposition troops to conducting airstrikes and enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria, are not new. But General Dempsey provided details about the logistics and the costs of each. He noted that long-range strikes on the Syrian government's military targets would require "hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines and other enablers," and cost "in the billions."...
Aug 29, '13
I don't believe that the vast majority of the Muslim world hates us. I believe that a lot of people in Muslim countries don't appreciate the US sticking its nose into their countries' affairs....which is reasonable, since the US wouldn't appreciate them sticking their nose into our affairs. War is not all these people have known. There have been many centuries of prosperity and peace. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet. Most of them, like most of us, would like to just be left alone to live in peace. Humans there are not so different than humans here.
The US has fabricated information to justify involvement (or, in the case of WWII, knew about a planned action and did nothing) nearly every single war we've been involved in. I can't believe there are people who would be so gullible as to buy the pack of lies they're spreading now. No more troops dying for someone else's agenda in an unconstitutional war, and no more civilian blood on our hands. Syrians need to figure out what is best for Syria. No more 'nation-building'.
[FONT=lucida grande]"I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee. I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need machines like that." - Kurt Vonnegut, 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
Last edit by Elvish on Aug 29, '13