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July 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm
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At the request of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and senior committee member John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey drew up a selection of nonclassified options for the potential use of military force in Syria.

Dempsey stressed in the letter to Levin and McCain that he is “mindful that deliberations are ongoing within our government over the further role of the United States in this complex sectarian war.”

“The decision over whether to introduce military force is a political one that our Nation entrusts to its civilian leaders,” he continued. “I also understand that you deserve my best military advice on how military force could be used in order to decide whether it should be used.”

Dempsey offered the options:

Train, Advise, and Assist the Opposition. “This option uses nonlethal forces to train and advise the opposition on tasks ranging from weapons employment to tactical planning. We could also offer assistance in the form of intelligence and logistics. The scale could range from several hundred to several thousand troops with the costs varying accordingly, but estimated at $500 million per year initially. The option requires safe areas outside Syria as well as support from our regional partners. Over time, the impact would be the improvement in opposition capabilities. Risks include extremists gaining access to additional capabilities, retaliatory crossborder attacks, and insider attacks or inadvertent association with war crimes due to vetting difficulties.”

Conduct Limited Stand-off Strikes. “This option uses lethal force to strike targets that enable the regime to conduct military operations, proliferate advanced weapons, and defend itself. Potential targets include high-value regime air defense, air, ground, missile, and naval forces as well as the supporting military facilities and command nodes. Stand-off air and missile systems could be used to strike hundreds of targets at a tempo of our choosing. Force requirements would include hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines, and other enablers. Depending on duration, the costs would be in the billions. Over time, the impact would be the significant degradation of regime capabilities and an increase in regime desertions. There is a risk that the regime could withstand limited strikes by dispersing its assets. Retaliatory attacks are also possible, and there is a probability for collateral damage impacting civilians and foreigners inside the country.”

Establish a No-Fly Zone. “This option uses lethal force to prevent the regime from using its military aircraft to bomb and resupply. It would extend air superiority over Syria by neutralizing the regime’s advanced, defense integrated air defense system. It would also shoot down adversary aircraft and strike airfields, aircraft on the ground, and supporting infrastructure. We would require hundreds of ground and sea-based aircraft, intelligence and electronic warfare support, and enablers for refueling and communications. Estimated costs are $500 million
initially, averaging as much as a billion dollars per month over the course of a year. Impacts would likely include the near total elimination of the regime’s ability to bomb opposition strongholds and sustain its forces by air. Risks include the loss of U.S. aircraft, which would require us to insert personnel recovery forces. It may also fail to reduce the violence or shift the momentum because the regime relies overwhelmingly on surface fires—mortars, artillery, and missiles.”

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Having an instinct for doing the worst thing to this country, Obama will yet find a way to involve us in this dog's breakfast.
1 year ago
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It's long past the time when McCain should have managed a graceful exit from the stage. This war monger never saw an armed conflict that he didn't want us involved in. The reason a mediocrity like him remains a national presence is the state media loves him. They abandoned him when he ran for president when a truer love presented himself, but it's all good now. He is always available for Sunday morning talk shows, answers the reporters' calls, gives them a quote or a sound byte or an interview on whatever the subject is, and his fame as a "statesman" grows. McCain believes the ordure himself by now.
1 year ago
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"At the request of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and senior committee member John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey drew up a selection of nonclassified options for the potential use of military force in Syria..."

That should have been very easy for Dempsey. Handing the political hacks a couple of blank sheets of paper with a smile.

There is nothing about Syria that is worth one American soldier's life, or one dollar of American money. Nothing.

The Middle East is filled to the brim with dedicated zealots who have been selectively bred into animal-like instinctual hatred of whatever is on the Hate List for that day, week, month, or year. The list is put out by the ruling religious class who benefit from everything they put on the list.

There is NO solution to their problems as they have never learned to deal in good faith.



1 year ago
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Let's see. One group of terrorists taking out another group of terrorists, leaving one less group of terrorists for the rest of the world to deal with. And the problem is?
1 year ago
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How about the 6th option? Stay the hell out of Syria and let them sort it out on their own.
1 year ago
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This is a big mistake to fund terrorist period. Do not listen to McCain and Obama and crooks.
1 year ago
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Inside Story Americas - Did the US cause Fallujah's birth defects?

Aug 1, 2012 New research is under way on the alarming increase in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, showing elevated levels of radioactivity in the city and across the country. Iraqi doctors have long reported a spike of cases involving severe birth defects in Fallujah since 2004 which are shocking in their severity. So is the US being honest about the weapons it used in the 2004 battle for the city, and in its other theatres of war? Guests: Ross Caputi, Dai Williams, Raed Jarrar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9YQ1GimBDc&feature=player_embedded#at=24
1 year ago
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Yet another weepy left-wing cause announces itself.
1 year ago
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US history - "How Jimmy Carter & I Started the Mujahideen" - Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor 1977-1981 (Jan.1998)


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a13_1240427874
52 weeks ago
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"My Favorite Martian" Dempsey gets his marching orders right from the White House...there has never before been such a hack wearing that uniform since Gen. Wesley "Weasel" Clark, and Dempsey is WORSE...if that was possible. In my career, I was fortunate to serve under some outstanding general officers, men of courage and conviction (Gen. Hugh Shelton - LTG Gary Luck - LTG John Vines) who our nation was fortunate to have in uniform. But this unorganized piece of graba$$tic bovine sh!t is merely a puppet for the administration - monkey see, monkey do...disgraceful.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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WHATEVER the truth is at this point, know this: Dempsey, under Obama Inc., is a danger to American interests, even though the situation in Syria is six of one barbarians, half a dozen of another - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/01/us-general-dempsey-strikes-again-dhimmifying-us-interests-re-iran-so-ordered-by-the-islamist-in-chief-addendum-to-tangible-lethal-military-related-results-from-redgreen-alliance-commentary/

Paradoxically, Benghazigate was initiated to arm - to the teeth - the Syrian Brotherhood Mafia to take over the helm. To wit, an illegal war was fought and by removing crazy Qadaffi, not only were Americans killed, the region has become awash - more than ever - with COUNTLESS manpads and associated lethal weaponry. They are flowing into the region, even into the Al Qaeda overrun Sinai!

To h-ll with Dempsey and his boss!!
Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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Why is America considering partnering with Islam in a war against the dictator of Syria? There are no American interests in Syria. A tangential interest is that we could be protecting Israel from danger coming from this war zone. The current administration coould care less about that though. In prtnering with Islam, we are handing a mortal enemy military and intelligence technology that will surely be turned on America. Wisdom advises against such rash action. But, our Muslim-in-Chief will have his way. Empower Islam and destroy our Republic. Recklessly spending money in the middle east is one way to weaken our economy and quickly.
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