Skip to comments.Obama Speeds Up Limited Air Strike, No-Fly Zones Preparations For Syria
Posted on 06/11/2012 5:25:59 AM PDT by Strategy
US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria, DEBKAfile reports.
Their mission will be to knock out Assad's central regime and military command centers so as to shake regime stability and restrict Syrian army and air force activity for subduing rebel action and wreaking violence on civilian populations.
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And suppose the Russians decide to get involved.... How “limited” will that be?
It’s time to set up a Constitutional crisis over War Powers. Congress needs to reassert its authority to declare war. This is getting ridiculous and abusive. We’ve had an Imperial Presidency for far too long.
Won’t happen—Boner and the rest of the girls are too afraid of being called racists by the MSM.
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ENOUGH ALREADY!!! This country needs to learn when to stay out of conflicts that’s none of its damned business!!
Willing to waste American blood and treasure to create the Third Caliphate via the phony Arab Spring Movement directed by the moslem brotherhood. This is high treason no less.
....as he continues to facilitate the takeover (via "Civilization/Stealth Jihad") of our very own United States by appointing/welcoming those who support Terrorism (and have vowed to "Destroy our miserable house from within") as advisers/confidants.
Nuttin' to see here folks; just move along.....
....oh, AND DON'T FORGET, Mittens is TEN (10) TIMES more eeeevil, dangerous and more of a "THREAT" to our Security, Safety and Survival....so y'all might just as well stay home come November....!
And what was the strategic interest of the U.S. in all this?
The otherwise genuinely evil Assad regime has one terrible “flaw”. The regime protected Christians from the wonderful IslamoFascists who wanted to burn the churches and kill the Christians.
Hussein is determined to create as much chaos as possible in the most dangerous part of the world.
DEBKA has had a tendency to publish wrong calls based on info they receive that they put out before they get confirmation or they report sparks they have noticed that do not develop. They also hit the target dead on sometimes.
Air strikes into Syria will not be as easy as Libya. The Syrian air defense is quite potent and designed/trained to defend against an Israeli attack, something the Libyans didn’t have to plan against. Thus needing extensive SEAD missions against the SA-5s, SA-6s, etc, which could be costly. Though not an exact comparission, think of the air defenses around Hanoi and Haiphong during the Vietnam war and the losses we took on those SEAD missions.
Flying air strikes against Syria will not, repeat NOT, be the “cake walk” that Libya was.
Say it ain’t so.
To the extent we have an interest in this dispute, it would be in preventing yet another Sunni Arab* (i.e. the religion and ethnicity of the folks who conducted attacks against the WTC in 1993 and 2001) regime from coming to power. However, that would mean conducting drone attacks *against* the Sunni rebels instead of intervening in their favor.
Flying air strikes against Syria will not, repeat NOT, be the cake walk that Libya was.
I suspect stealth takes care of that practical problem. I don't think the real problem is practical. The issue is whether it's wise to put another Muslim Brotherhood regime in power. The Shah was no great humanitarian, but as tyrants go, he was a pale shadow of Khomeini. As a bonus, he was also somewhat friendly to our interests. Iran's pet terrorist group is Hezbollah, whereas the Muslim Brotherhood is merely the civilian wing of Al Qaeda (al Qaeda's number 1, Zawahiri, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and al Qaeda's inspiration Sayyid Qutb, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood). What we have in Syria is a semi-hostile government that really hasn't done much in the way of killing Americans. Why would we want to replace that with a regime run by a movement (the Muslim Brotherhood) that delights in slaughtering large numbers of Americans?
But I do agree that Syria has 100s of AA Weapons.
Our laser guided bombs took out the Thanh Hoa Bridge in 1972, after bombing it with conventional bombs for 7 years prior...Syria would be no cake walk, but it can be done. Obi needs to do something. Maybe another "Monica bombing?"
Tomahawks and stand off systems yes. stealth, since the F-117 is retired, the F-35 still trying to make it into production and the F-22 designed for air superoirity and having problems with its oxygen systems, are “No Go.”
My main point is that Syria will not be as easy as Libya from an air war aspect. The land options are: 1 - to go in through the small area of Syrian coast line and fight our way to Damascus; 2 - land in Lebanon and fight (?) our way through it to get to Syria; 3 - go in through Israel and that opens up, I can’t even begin to imagine what.
Have the Brits/US re-built their Tomahawk supplies since Libya attacks?
B-2's are still available, and they were used over Libya.
My main point is that Syria will not be as easy as Libya from an air war aspect. The land options are: 1 - to go in through the small area of Syrian coast line and fight our way to Damascus; 2 - land in Lebanon and fight (?) our way through it to get to Syria; 3 - go in through Israel and that opens up, I cant even begin to imagine what.
I don't think there's a land option - it's a career-ending political stinker for any politician who endorses it. If our elites could be counted on to pick someone simultaneously good for Syria's non-Sunnis and our interests to succeed Assad, I'd favor intervention. However, our sorry record in Iraq (Maliki) and Afghanistan (Karzai) leads me to believe that such hopes are chimerical.
my bottom line is that intervention into Syria is a Kobyashimaru scenario that even James Tiberias Kirk could not find a winning scenairo option, even in rigging the game.
You are 100% correct. If anyone wants to argue, then they should look at Libya, which is turned into a hellhole.