John McCain’s Plan for Action Against Syria

John McCain’s Plan for Action Against Syria

Has President Assad used chemical weapons against his own people?  If so, will it escalate?

These are concerns which affect the region encircling Syria, and the rest of the world in the long-term.

President Obama has stated the use of chemical weapons is the “red line”, indicating some form of military action against the Assad government.  Senator John McCain, (R), of Arizona, has a plan.  Much of it makes good sense to military and government officials, and to me, (although I don’t count).

McCain has consistently stated his belief that we need to be more involved in the support of the Syrian rebels.  He offered the following options to the White House:

“No one should think that we have to destroy every air defense system or put tens of thousands of boots on the ground to make a difference in Syria. We have more limited options. We could, for example, organize an overt and large-scale operation to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. We could use our precision strike capabilities to target Assad’s aircraft and Scud missile launchers on the ground, without our pilots having to fly into the teeth of Syria’s air defenses. We could use similar weapons to selectively destroy artillery pieces and make their crews think twice about remaining at their posts. We could also use Patriot missile batteries outside of Syria to help protect safe zones inside of Syria.”

The U.S. already operates a clandestine training program in neighboring Jordan.  This could be expanded.

Senator McCain is joined by the other top ranking Senator on the Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D), Michigan, urging the President to consider a policy of “limited military action” against the Assad regime.

No serious action was taken against Saddam Hussein when he attacked Iran, and his own people, the Kurds with chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 war.  With the long effects of the gas, an estimated 100,000 people were killed.

We cannot allow mass murder again.  A reasonable plan that does not put “boots on the ground” seems to be an idea that the American people would favor.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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