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US Exploring "military options" in Syria....

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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Yay. Just what we need. Another "military option" in another country. *sigh*

U.S. Prepping Military Options For Syria

Despite priorities to solve the crisis diplomatically, military action is being discussed.

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Syrian pro-governmenrt protesters wave the Syrian, Chinese, and Russian flags

Photograph by Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images.

With the current plan to bring an end to months of violence in Syria languishing, the United States has begun considering other options.

CNN reports that the U.S. military has begun what's called a “scoping exercise” to determine what options are on the table for possible military action in the country. Essentially, they're looking at the resources they have available and assessing the risks of various military options.

Syria has been steeped in violence for months as the government there brutally cracks down on pro-democracy opposition forces in the country. That violence has escalated in the past few days with scores of people reported killed by Syrian military forces in and around Homs, a city believed to be an opposition stronghold.

The United States is reportedly considering military interventions that range from humanitarian aid to supporting opposition groups to an (unlikely) military strike. The unnamed U.S. officials speaking to CNN gave few details of the specific plans. They, like Obama and the State Department, stressed that the United States prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

There is widespread opposition to Libya-style military action in Syria. The Arab League opposes it, but have found their efforts to encourage diplomacy thwarted recently. At the end of January, the League called for a U.N. Security Council resolution supporting their recommendation for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside and for opposition leaders to begin talks with the government there, but that resolution was vetoed by China and Russia this weekend.

Earlier this week, the United States, Italy, Britain, France, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (a union of countries bordering the Persian Gulf) recalled their ambassadors to Syria citing security concerns. The United States also closed their embassy in Damascus.

Russian envoy Sergey Lavrov visited the country on Tuesday to bring a version of the Arab League plan—which includes a call for opposition leaders to engage with the government diplomatically, something they've so far resisted doing—to Assad and his regime. Russia has strong economic ties to Syria and a friendly relationship with President Assad. After Lavrov's meeting with Assad in Syria, Russia announced that the Syrian vice president was willing to sit down with opposition forces and engage in a dialogue, as the Times reports. But after the U.N. veto, their efforts are being met with suspicion and scorn by many in the west.

In fact, Western powers are blaming Russia and China for encouraging the Syrian government to step up their attacks with the U.N. veto. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice warned after the U.N. vote that Russia and China “will have any future blood spill on their hands.”

 

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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

People are being massacred by the govt there. What is happening is horrible. If we stepped into Libya, why not Syria? Syria has bee going on much longer than Libya did.

Im torn on this.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM


Quoting muslimahpj:

People are being massacred by the govt there. What is happening is horrible. If we stepped into Libya, why not Syria? Syria has bee going on much longer than Libya did.

Im torn on this.

If any action is to be taken, it should be a joint UN action, not something done singlehandedly by the US. That was our mistake in Iraq and Afghanistan.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

*sigh*

Why wait until so many were killed?

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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I just do not believe we can be the world's savior. There are so many countries where genocide is happening (and worse). Are we going to stop it all? Where do we draw the line?

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Not being snarky..

Why can't any of the countries around Syria go in to help their neighbors?  Are we and NATO the only ones who can do something to help out?

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM


Quoting cjsbmom:


Quoting muslimahpj:

People are being massacred by the govt there. What is happening is horrible. If we stepped into Libya, why not Syria? Syria has bee going on much longer than Libya did.

Im torn on this.

If any action is to be taken, it should be a joint UN action, not something done singlehandedly by the US. That was our mistake in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I agree.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM


Quoting tooptimistic:

Not being snarky..

Why can't any of the countries around Syria go in to help their neighbors?  Are we and NATO the only ones who can do something to help out?

Most of the countries neighboring Syria are going through a change of govt themselves. How can they police them when they are in limbo themselves? kwim?

OHgirlinCA
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

The situation in Syria is absolutely horrible.  But, we need to stay out of it! 

AmmuJSE
by Ammu on Feb. 8, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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woot woot! 

should I say my pledge to the flag right about now?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. And lord help'em if we bomb'em."

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