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Obama Asks Pentagon For Syria No-Fly Zone Plan

President Barack Obama attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, 2013)

President Barack Obama attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, 2013)

JOSH ROGIN, who is on a roll right now, is reporting exclusively for the Daily Beast that the Obama administration, along with all volunteer allies, so to speak, is readying for a no-fly zone over Syria. Rogin broke the news with Jake Tapper today on CNN.

The request was made shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry toured the Middle East last week to try and finalize plans for an early June conference between the Syrian regime and rebel leaders in Geneva. The opposition, however, has yet to confirm its attendance and is demanding that the end of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s rule be a precondition for negotiations, a condition Assad is unlikely to accept.

President Obama’s dual-track strategy of continuing to pursue a political solution to the two-year-old uprising in Syria while also preparing for more direct U.S. military involvement includes authorizing the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the first time to plan for multilateral military actions inside Syria, the two officials said. They added that no decisions on actually using force have yet been made.

“The White House is still in contemplation mode but the planning is moving forward and it’s more advanced than it’s ever been,” one administration official told The Daily Beast. “All this effort to pressure the regime is part of the overall effort to find a political solution, but what happens if Geneva fails? It’s only prudent to plan for other options.”

The no-fly zone will not be instituted in a vacuum. Arming elements of the Syrian opposition is also being considered, as is “formally recognizing the Syrian opposition council.”

France and Britain will be two of the allies joining in the no-fly zone over Syria. It comes after the EU arms embargo collapsed, mainly because the leaders of both nations believed it was time to consider arming rebels and other offensive support, which Rogin confirms includes a no-fly zone.

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5 Responses to Obama Asks Pentagon For Syria No-Fly Zone Plan

  1. TPAZ May 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Oh well, the left’s masturbation over Obama’ “major national security” speech last week should come to an end now. It’s time for more “lead from behind” regime change. Question: will the required size of the no-fly zone be reduced by 10% due to sequestration?

  2. fairmindedindependent May 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Well this is going to get worse because Russia is sending a very advanced air-defense system to Syria, which Israel is ticked off big time about. Russia is not staying out of this one like it did in Libya. This region could get a lot worse soon if their are countries arming each side.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter May 29, 2013 at 5:43 am #

      The good news for US and coalition pilots is the “very advanced air-defense system ” will opperate about as well as every other Russian weapons system encountered in actual combat situations thus far.

  3. fangio May 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    What good is it now. Everything’s destroyed, everyone’s at each others throats. With Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iraq and Saudi Arabia ; all bets are off.

  4. mjsmith May 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I guess the peace talks are a waste of time. Is the United States an extension of the Syrian Opposition Group? If so, which one(s)?

    Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and the Syrian government are all united behaind Assad.

    It is clear that the details about who the Syrian Opposition is and what they stand for is still being worked out.

    The no-fly zone is a game changer that would likely force the Assad regime to negotiate and/or collapse.

    What can we do now to get the opposition groups to negotiate?

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