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No-fly zone over Syria could run $1 billion a month to do nothing
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Posted on 07/23/2013 9:46:02 AM PDT by chessplayer

A day ago, Senator John McCain told Newsmax that the US needs to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to “negate Bashar Assad’s power” and force the regime to the negotiating table. Hours later, after McCain and Carl Levin demanded answers from the Joint Chiefs on why the military has not recommended this option, Joint Chiefs chair Martin Dempsey responded that a no-fly zone would cost between $500 million and $1 billion a month — and would largely be a non-sequitur anyway:

"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told the Senate Armed Services Committee that establishing a no-fly zone over Syria would cost the U.S. $500 million to $1 billion a month and that it might not quell the conflict there because President Bashar Assad’s military primarily relies on ARTILLERY, not air power, for most of its offensives."


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1 posted on 07/23/2013 9:46:02 AM PDT by chessplayer
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"President Bashar Assad’s military primarily relies on ARTILLERY, not air power, for most of its offensives."

Well, OK, then - McCain will want to establish "No Shoot" zones instead.

There, problem solved.

2 posted on 07/23/2013 9:49:52 AM PDT by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits greatly!)
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“McCain will want to establish “No Shoot” zones instead.”

More justification for term limits...


3 posted on 07/23/2013 9:51:09 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: chessplayer

The North Vietnamese brainwashed this man who didn’t have a lot of brain to wash in the first place.

He crashed more planes than the Viet Cong shot down, finished near the bottom of his class and now the Commies have awakened this sleeper.


4 posted on 07/23/2013 9:52:13 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: chessplayer

How about a NO MCAIN ZONE!


5 posted on 07/23/2013 9:52:56 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: chessplayer


He never met a war he didn't like.

6 posted on 07/23/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT by McGruff (I need a new party.)
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To: areukiddingme1

McCain - “well, we gotta do sumpin besides arming al-Qaeda!”


7 posted on 07/23/2013 9:53:42 AM PDT by chessplayer
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Shot down American planes and dead American pilots will cost far more than this.


8 posted on 07/23/2013 9:55:05 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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He crashed more planes than the Viet Cong shot down,


I’m amazed they let him anywhere near a plane. They couldn’t have been THAT desperate for pilots! Maybe he had connections.


9 posted on 07/23/2013 9:56:21 AM PDT by chessplayer
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So, are we going to shoot down Russian civilian airliners that regularly fly over Syria? And, every time we do shoot down a helicopter it will be on a mercy mission carrying wounded children to a hospital. There will be live coverage because CNN will just happen to be there; every time.

It’s time to walk away and let them settle the matter themselves. There are no good guys here. As a matter of fact, Assad is the lesser evil. The guys we’re backing have promised ethnic cleansing. If we’re going to back somebody, let’s pump up the Druze and Christian militias so they can defend themselves.


10 posted on 07/23/2013 9:57:21 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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ugh. I can’t stand him. Nobody I know can stand him.

Shut up and go away Juan. You are repulsive. I did notice his skank daughter is quiet lately.


11 posted on 07/23/2013 9:58:23 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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Maybe he had connections.

His Daddy the Admiral had nothing to do with it...

12 posted on 07/23/2013 9:58:50 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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I mean how many muti-million dollar planes does someone have to crash before they are told they don’t have sufficient skills to fly.


13 posted on 07/23/2013 10:03:24 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Gen.Blather

Yup. The rebels actually make Assad look good in comparison.


14 posted on 07/23/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Maybe he had connections.

As he was the son, *and* grandson of US Navy Admirals, ya think?

the infowarrior

15 posted on 07/23/2013 10:08:34 AM PDT by infowarrior
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His Daddy the Admiral had nothing to do with it...


Ok. Yup, that would explain why he was allowed to fly.


16 posted on 07/23/2013 10:09:37 AM PDT by chessplayer
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McCain should retire with relative honor while he can.


17 posted on 07/23/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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Levin and McPain - shilling for the Sunni-Islamist putsch in Syria;


18 posted on 07/23/2013 10:20:27 AM PDT by Wuli
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It depends on whether or not your father is an Admiral.


19 posted on 07/23/2013 11:10:41 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: chessplayer

His Father was an Admiral.


20 posted on 07/23/2013 11:13:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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>>>He crashed more planes than the Viet Cong shot down, finished near the bottom of his class<<<

Even if he hasn’t bested a top NVAF ace he is in their top five for sure.
Probably tossed his Red Air Cross over the Kremlin War as soon as they’ve finished with communism, though :)


21 posted on 07/23/2013 10:45:50 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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McCain needs to be forced into retirement.

The man’s clearly not well.


22 posted on 07/24/2013 8:32:06 AM PDT by JCBontheloose
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