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Violence is raging in Syria where more than a 100000.
Are reported dead.
-- -- all sides grip on power is tightening in today's regime is lashing out at the US for providing arms to the rebels.
Chairman of the joint chiefs general Martin Dempsey is responding with five potential options for US military intervention -- But each comes with a multi billion dollar price tag.
-- it all down -- -- -- are from the Islamic -- for democracy.
Duties of the first option it is basically to train and advise them and it comes with a price tag.
About half a billion dollars a year what do you think of this option.
Well I think it's something we've already started doing and we need to do with the clear strategy and I think it's something we have to do.
Because doing nothing has proven Melissa to be the costliest thing to the American taxpayer.
Doing nothing is empowered Iran and has the -- and puts at risk those chemical weapons to be put in the hands of his blunt -- and then.
Necessitate inning as he puts in its fifth option they need for thousands of American troops in Syria to protect those so I think we need to train the opposition.
Empower them and then he goes into some others which I would look more than opted to simply stages of more cash engagement from the American.
I mean let's walk through that for our audience that the next level up would be option to you.
And it talks about conducting limited standoff strikes the use of lethal force strike targets.
That enabled the regime to -- hundreds of aircraft ships and submarines and other enablers.
The impact of this could be significant degradation of the regime's capabilities do you think and this comes with a price tag of billions what do you think about this option.
Well I think the rebels obviously the first thing they -- his ability to defend themselves especially antitank gun type weaponry and more.
After that then what happens a -- was a good example recently they took back west the -- From the fact that they had lost it because they were pounded from the -- they were positive from artillery and now they took it back so what's gonna happen is continued back and forth.
Unless we provide for them some limited support in these ultimate from.
Though the weaponry that we have because we don't want to hand them Melissa.
Anti aircraft missiles and and other things we if those are going to be used we need to use them ourselves from outside Syria and protect the rebels.
Well that's why option three is a step up -- -- it talks about establishing a no fly zone but it comes with a price tag of the billion dollars a month.
This would involve using lethal force to prevent the regime from using military aircraft bombing resupply.
And extending the air superiority over Syria what about this option.
Well well there's no doubt that that option is com.
Very important to have because you need at some point we may need to protect the rebels from the air from that.
From the bombing -- bombardment that they're doing with helicopter gunships with aircraft -- -- -- But there are those that say that it won't be that helpful because most of the the civil war that's happening is on the ground.
But again if we're going to protect the movement of chemical depots and others it may end up needing some air action just as we did in Bosnia -- -- up.
And remember the longer this goes on.
The more radicalized millions of Syrians are becoming Europe the EU recently just said that Syria has become the largest source of global terrorism.
From Europeans going to Syria and also Syrians coming to Europe so.
This is something the no fly zone while it's a billion dollars a month the general Dempsey says.
Is going -- possibly short circuit the civil war to bring it to an end quicker and and the humanitarian cost that are also costing the taxpayers a lot of money what.
He better go you know for about the same price of a billion dollars a month to establish buffer zones that's the fourth option.
Yeah I think actually the buffers on part is very important because.
You know one of the main complaints here from people like senator Paul and others is that well they're not unified -- they they could be al-Qaeda etc.
The bottom line is the generals said yes yesterday they're decline were also on al-Qaeda and the free Syria army but they need places to organize the neat places to be trained.
And -- buffer zones would allow them to do that.
Every time the free Syria army tries to come together and strategize.
They get bombs.
And they're separate and that's what the buffer zones would allow unfortunately -- been very disappointed that not only general Dempsey but the president especially.
Has not laid out a strategy of how these are not simply options in a vacuum Melissa yeah they're actually need to be looked -- -- context of an entire strategy for -- what I do all the missing minutes.
Exactly 11 would lead to the other because if we don't.
That fifth most expensive want to protect and the chemical weapons will have to be done when his blood gets its hands on it.
So the cheapest thing to do is to have a bigger strategy and to lay up for the American people what happens and the cost of doing nothing vs the cost of having a global strategy in Syria regionally to protect Israel to protect the good people on the ground.
Yeah I mean when we look at all these become like a huge price tag what do you think it's the cost of doing house.
The cost of doing nothing is giving Iran the green light to say that it can -- Syria.
-- here on the green light to mobilize his -- -- to doing whatever they want and spreading terror back into Lebanon.
And threatening Israel and feeling empowered to do that and then also continuing to allow Syria.
To become the biggest -- of terrorism around the world and the cost humanitarian with three or four million refugees now in Turkey.
Jordan in it internally within Syria we're gonna be paying for that morally because that's what America does so.
The military component will decrease or humanitarian costs also how tough choices -- thank you so much.
Any time also thank you.
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