The Unthinkable in Syria


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So far, only the Syrian people have borne the costs of the Obama administration’s do-nothing approach to Syria, but the United States and its allies in Israel, Turkey and Jordan may soon pay dearly for the administration’s disinterested, detached approach to Syria’s civil war. And I’m not talking about the assault on conscience that Assad has perpetrated or the humanitarian dimensions of the Syrian regime’s war on its subjects (though a case can be made that America should intervene on these grounds). The focus here is the national security threat represented by Syria’s WMD arsenal.

Bashar Assad’s crumbling regime fields one of the largest chemical-weapons programs on earth, including mustard gas, sarin and VX nerve agent. Syria has mated these weapons with artillery shells and missilery. Open-source materials indicate that Syria has five major chemical-manufacturing facilities in and around the cities of Hama, Homs and Al-Safira, along with 45 chemical-weapons storage facilities. Unnamed Pentagon officials say 75,000 troopswould be required to secure Syria’s vast WMD arsenal. As Assad and his loyalists focus on survival, as the Syrian military splinters and as the country disintegrates, these stockpiles are growing increasingly vulnerable—indeed, some have been moved in recent weeks—and could fall into even less responsible hands. The candidates include: Hezbollah, which has strong ties to Assad’s Syria; al-Qaeda, which is involved in the fighting; a rogue military faction bent on revenge; or a post-Assad regime controlled by jihadists. Any of these scenarios would pose a significant threat to U.S. interests, to regional stability and to the security of allies in Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Making sure none of them transpire must be a priority as events unfold.

This is easier said than done, of course. First, unlike the civil war in Libya, where Russia stood aside as NATO intervened to prevent a bloodbath, Moscow is deeply enmeshed in Syria. Russia maintains a naval base in Syria and has provided Assad with military supplies and diplomatic cover at the UN. Hence, the U.S. and other power-projecting states simply do not have the freedom of action in dealing with Syria and its chemical-weapons arsenal that they had in dealing with Gaddafi’s Libya—especially given the fact that the White House has handcuffed its Syria policy to the UN’s lowest-common-denominator approach, as determined by Russia.

Second, unlike the revolution in Egypt, the U.S. does not have the same sort of military-to-military contacts in Syria. Moreover, Assad is no Hosni Mubarak. To be sure, Mubarak attempted to crack down on protests in the early days of the Egyptian revolution, but he chose to step aside rather than massacre his countrymen, partly because of back-channel pressure from U.S. political and military leaders.

The hard truth is that events may force the Obama administration to act—with or without any cooperation on the ground in Damascus, with or without any help from Russia at the UN.

The Pentagon has reportedly intensified discussions about Syria’s WMD threat with Israel, Turkey, Britain and France. The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. and Jordan—which is deeply concerned about chemical weapons falling into al Qaeda’s hands—are co-developing plans to secure Syria’s WMD arsenal, in the event of regime collapse or some other triggering incident. In fact, “a high-level delegation of Jordanian defense officials” traveled to the Pentagon this spring to map out possible operations to locate and secure Assad’s WMDs, according to the paper. “One plan would call for Jordanian special operations units, acting as part of any broader Arab League peacekeeping mission, to go into Syria to secure nearly a dozen sites,” the Journal reports.

“If left unsecured,” Adm. William McRaven said during a congressional hearing, “it would be, potentially, a very serious threat in the hands of…Lebanese Hezbollah.”

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  • http://www.wavevolution.org wavettore

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    • Bartimaeus

      More pretentious nonsense. The more man uses his reasoning powers to try and deny God the more arrogant he becomes. To those who are willing to lower themselves off the pedestal of Self glorification, there is plenty of evidence that there is a divine eternal Creator. There is in fact a battle between good and evil that has been going on from the beginning and God has told out where things are going and why. We may not always fully understand, but we are told “but the wise shall understand”. Daniel 12:10. The existence of the state of Israel after nearly two thousand years is the greatest sign that we are near or in the last days before the Kingdom of God. This is all foretold for those willing to seek out the information.

  • Infidel

    What we know for sure about Damascus is what is written in the book of Isaiah chapter 17. "The burden of Damascus" Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. In the evening you will be a city but in the morning you will be NO more. Read it for yourself. This has not happened yet but was written 3000 yrs ago. The God of Jesus/Yeshua is great and there is none like him.

    • deprogrammer

      Well, I see you found the exit mundi website. Well, actually not because if you had you would realise that prophesies of the end of the world are shot-gunned all over the place. You've convinced yourself that is what will happen and while such delusions are relatively harmless for an individual as a policy making decision it's morbidly stupid.
      We don't need to make ourselves slave to someone's big sky daddy fantasy we need to actually work to make sure something like this DOESN'T HAPPEN.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Going into Syria is fraught with dangers that this article does not expose. Russia and China unless
    secretly giving America a pass may help militarily. The finding of Sadam Husseins WMD would
    that be exposed and surely Sadam sent them to Syria, while some Baathist sympathies endured.
    Snake pit for America and all involved, saving Syria's population is not going to happen, the
    side that loses dies, no winners except Islamists and the growing Caliphate unless the West
    puts a stop to it in Syia. This Obama does not want to do and that is his motivation for
    helping the so called insurgents no matter how much they hate America or Israel…………William

    • Stanley Ann

      If Iraqi WMDs are found in Syria, it might defang the left at least temporarily.

      But probably not, since they will come up with a new reason why it is all Bush's fault.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        The left spins no matter what…………………..William

      • deprogrammer

        Already formulating talking points, eh? If ANY WMDs are found in Syria their will be an effort to pin them on Iraq. Of course the neo-cons were right you just didn't have sufficient faith in dear leader.
        Then accusing the left of constant spin is hilarious in light of the extreme rights fetish for calling Obama by the wrong name and spinning idiotic legends about some impossible convoluted conspiracy to rationalise it all.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          What is found in Syria is at this point unimportant but interesting from a historical perspective.
          Did all of the United Nations inspectors lie, did all of America's intelligence services lie,
          did the intelligence services of NATO lie, if so then maybe you are on to something. Until
          then sit back and watch the show…………………..William

          • deprogrammer

            All? No, the Bush admin and those who wanted to start the war lied.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            The sources of information were plentiful and were not the only reasons war was
            made, go and check the history of the United Nations resolutions. The spurious
            and unfounded accusatios against Bush are lame brained. The Iraq issue was
            not about the Bush Administraion but what Sadam Hussein was doing In Iraq
            and the Middle East and the danger he posed . If there was a problem with
            the Bush Administratin it was when Bush the elder did not finish Sadam off
            during Desert Storm, that was the mother load of stupidity and History will
            judge it so………………………………William

          • deprogrammer

            So starting 2 major occupations, losing two cities through incompetence and wrecking the government through mismanagement are okay but expanded a war after achieving that wars aims – ejecting Iraq from Kuwait – and destroying the alliance built was the bad decision?
            Bush the elder's blunder was not supporting the Iraqi uprising and allowing Saddam to destroy them. Then again he may have still seen some use value in leaving the regime intact as a bulwark against Iran. In other words he lacked the imagination needed to see beyond long standing policy. Instead he adopted the genocidal policy of starving a whole nation to try and get at the leader. Clinton carried on the same damned policy exposing his own lack of imagination.
            THOSE are the real mistakes in this whole damned mess.

        • wsk

          mucking foron!

  • Raymond in DC

    "Unnamed Pentagon officials say 75,000 troops would be required to secure Syria’s vast WMD arsenal."

    The last thing we want to see is yet another US-led "occupation", however short-lived. An air strike seems to be the least bad option at this point. As to Syria's air defenses, it was just five years ago when a number of Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace, took out the country's nuclear facility, and left before anyone was the wiser. Israel managed to shut down those defenses, leaving Syria blind to what was happening.

  • stevefraser

    Are any of Syria's WMDs from Iraq, moved there just prior to the invasion by the USA?

    • Ivan

      If Iraqi WMDs are found in Syria, then Code Stink, Cindy Sheehan & the whole liberal establishment owe us an apology & the honesty to step aside because they really scre wed the country & everyone else.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Code Pink = CP = Commie Party

    • WilliamJamesWard

      For over a year Sadam had truck convoys going back and forth to Syria, maybe a hundred
      trucks a day and it wasn't for tourism, interesting things may come out……………..William

      • deprogrammer

        If that evidence were so strong then why did Bush the lesser resort to curve ball and some children's drawing as his slam dunk evidence.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          It will remain a mystery that George did not seem to want to expose all that was done
          and I think he did not care to defend himself on anything. The information about Sadam's
          convoys to Syria was available but never used to show the connection to the vanishing
          WMD, the same were identified by United Nations inspectors and may be in Syria which
          I think or buried in Iraq. During the year and a half GWB was threatenig Sadam the
          latter knew every thing coming down the pike,all he had to do was check out
          American media and Bush's announcements. There were WMD and they were
          removed, the evidence was there and in multiple reports, the leftist media lied stating
          there were none because none were located, also a lie, many were destroyed by
          American troops. ……………………………………William

          • deprogrammer

            A huge amount of time, resources and lives were expended looking for the WMDs. Now you're saying that Bush who dragged this country into a sewer of economic and political failure just decided to let all that happen?
            The only way that could be true is if he wanted to sabotage his own regime and destroy any and all international support. That makes no sense at all.
            Do you have a shred of evidence to support this or are you relying on blind leader worship as support?

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Don't be such a boob, the invasion of Iraq was to get rid of Sadam Hussein and his
            murdering regime, WMD were a side issue, where were you before the media used
            the buildup for political purposes to undermine Bush. The I voted for it before I
            voted against it Kerry and all other mouthy Democrats had the same intelligece
            reports and all of them, all supported removing Sadam and it was a foregone
            conclusion that he was finished. I will not waste my tme arguing over that which
            was argued to death and used for political purposes by Democratic deception over
            a populace going brain dead due to leftist subversives in higher education.

            Proof, it was and is available to those who seek it, it was obvious as the waste of
            time your comments are. I have very little use for Iraq, war in Iraq or any other
            wasteful passtime killing Americans to change what can not be changed. Getting
            rid of Sadam could have been done without making a grand war out of it, he could
            have been done in with his entire troup of murderous thugs. Get and education and
            stay up with events…………………………….William

          • deprogrammer

            The time, resources and lives I was speaking of were related to the fools errand of looking for the non-existent WMD AFTER the invasion. Also, the WMD threat was used as the excuse to invade after all our first warning could be a mushroom cloud right?
            Your excuse of providing no support for what you wrote because it's everywhere proves nothing except your inability to provide it. You must be very proud of your ability to have little use for the various wars Bush started. The human race however doesn't share your disregard for the lives and well being of millions who were killed or forced to watch their whole world get torn apart. This whole mess reminds me of an old song lyric: "Oh foreign wars I do proclaim live on blood and a mother's pain."
            Based on your comments I'm sure that means nothing to you. Death, misery and slaughter seem to be the sweet music FPMers love above all else.
            If you ever feel like joining the human race some day I wish you luck. You'll be needing it.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            The WMD you claim were not there and a fools erand, well, wake up and
            understand that WMD were found by UN inspectors, American troops
            destroyed many of the chemical weapons. Sadam had a year and a half
            warning they were going to be sought after, what is so hard to understand
            that he would put them where no one was going to get them. Stupid to
            telegraph the intentions but this is government we are talking about.

            Where the hell do you get any disregard for people loosing their lives in war?
            What wars have you fought, how many years in uniform do you have, how
            many bodies have your buried and friends funerals attended? Based on
            my comments and your vapidly inconsistant response I give you and F,
            also it is not my place to educate you, you are on your own and do not
            seem to be doing a good job…………………….William

          • deprogrammer

            You made a series of claims that could only be explained by blind leader worship. I called you on it and demanded you provide actual proof – you being the one making extraordinary claims – and your evasions have stemmed from that.
            Did Iraq have WMD, yes, the US did help them develop them for use against Iran. The post Gulf War inspection regime got rid of the vast majority with deteriorating stocks and destruction of the program itself taking care of the rest.
            The Bush regime made fear of WMD the corner stone of their excuse for invasion so it does matter.
            As for you whining about me calling you on disregarding human life. Well, I got that from your posts. Go back and read them and you'll see you clearly stated you don't care about the wars in Iraq. That is pretty clear.
            As for educating myself. I repeat I called you on your unsupported claims and you hid behind that tired excuse. I'm sure it works with FPMers but it won't work with normal people.
            Cheers.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            To help you with your obdurate incapacity google 'Sadam Hussein's
            convoys to Syria' read all of the articles and check all of the links.
            FYI I do not care for the wars in Iraq as they were unnecessary
            and not because I am oblivious to the value of human life. How much
            you have to read for enlightenment is impossible to assertain but I
            suggest you start and consider comments are just that mere comments,
            not a Doctoral Thesis……………William

          • deprogrammer

            Well, back peddling is as close to an admission of wrongdoing as one can expect on FPM.
            Though "google it" is the repetition of your previous evasion. You're also wrongly assuming that wasn't the FIRST thing I did. I found little that was compelling. Just the resurrection of some tired arguments Bush the lesser spewed years ago.
            Looks like you are still clinging to leader worship as "evidence".

  • wsk

    Do you mean Saddam's WMD that snuck across the border before the feckless UN inspectors got there? Those WMD's?