Pentagon Presents $1B Per Month Plan for U.S. Action in Syria

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, February 2013 (Secretary of Defense/Wikipedia Commons)

For the first time since the conflict in Syria began, the Pentagon has laid out all of the viable military options for U.S. involvement in the war torn nation—and the price tag that goes along with it.

In a letter from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey outlined five possible military courses of action, including:

  • Training, advising and assisting rebel fighters
  • Establishing a no-fly zone
  • Conducting limited stand-off strikes
  • Creating buffer zones to protect certain areas of the country
  • Taking control of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons stockpile

Some of these options would cost the Pentagon well over $1 billion per month. And General Dempsey says that once we're involved, it won't be a short visit and the U.S. can likely expect to stay committed to Syria many more years to come.

Coming out of two costly, deadly and lengthy wars, the Pentagon's options may not sound all that appealing on Capitol Hill today, or to the American people. Peter Mansoor, professor of military history at Ohio State University, previously served as executive officer to General David Petraeus. Mansoor joins The Takeaway to discuss the Pentagon's plan.

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Comments [1]

Angel from Miami FL

Curious. Four months of Syria could cover Detroit pensioners.

Jul. 23 2013 10:38 AM

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