McCain blocks Demspey confirmation until he reveals plans.
Unsatisfied with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reluctance to outline his assessment of military options in Syria, Sen. McCain put a hold on Gen. Dempsey’s nomination.
Subsequently, in a letter to the Senate, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined five military options. One of the options, a McCain favoirte, the nofly zone in Syria would cost about a billion a month.
A full no-fly zone, Gen. Dempsey wrote in the letter, would eventually cost $1 billion a month.
He also noted that exercising any military option could make further involvement “hard to avoid.”
“Once we take action, we should be prepared to act next,” he said.
The Obama administration has, for now, ruled out military options in Syria. But it has authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin training and arming Syrian opposition fighters in Jordan.
In addition to training the rebels and establishing a no-fly zone, Gen. Dempsey wrote that the military has also reviewed limited stand-off strikes, establishing a buffer zone to protect border areas, and proposals to control chemical weapons.The cost of stand off strikes, Gen. Dempsey said would be in the billions. He estimated a cost of $1 billion per month for both the buffer zone and any military effort to secure chemical weapons sites.
Gen. Dempsey also evoked the lessons of the Iraq war, noting that the military has learned that it must anticipate unintended consequences.
“We have learned from the past 10 years, however, that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state,” Gen. Dempsey said.
I'm glad General Dempsey was given this opportunity to spread the truth. McCain is probably kicking himself for forcing the truth to come out.
McCain doesn't want to give Demsey a stage to present thought provoking facts like it's going to cost a billion bucks a month to
create a no-fly zone. He also doesn't want to give Dempsey the semi-political comment that you better think about follow-on ramifications of military action such as the US is experiencing in Iraq.
QUOTE=venice;1480677]Based upon his military background, of all elected officials, he would understand the implications of a no fly zone
Bush 41, because he had been to war and understood what that meant was very cautious and built a conscenous before launching the first Gulf War offensive and limited his objectives
Who was it that stated young people die fighting wars that old people start[/QUOTE]
McCain was a pilot. He was shot down. He spent two years in a hole of a prison which may have affected his mental state and definitely his attitudes. He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Nor does he understand the implications or results of a nofly zone in Syria because he doesn't possess these qualifications.
But McCain has the ability to draw on the military resources that does have that expertise in a manner that very few of his fellow Senators can . He often visits Maxwell AFB in Montgomery AL where some of the best and brightest military leaders are trained to be the leaders in our post 911 tactical war environment