Though Secretary of State John Kerry is, according to the NY Times, pushing for a “no-fly zone” in Syria to protect Syrian civilians from the various groups and nations now fighting each other in that desperate country, the Pentagon, of all things, is urging caution. As the NY Times describes it:
“But the Pentagon presentation laid out how many aircraft and personnel would be required, making it clear that there would have to be a significant escalation of American air power in the region, according to officials who described private deliberations on the condition of anonymity. The officials said that the escalation would require aircraft and personnel beyond those already conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.”
And back in 2013, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey logically pointed out that any such U.S. intervention in Syria would be an act of war and cost around $1 billion a month should we decide to deploy U.S. troops. Of course, the U.S. and allied forces have been dropping bombs in Syria for awhile now, no doubt contributing to the terror and harm of Syrian civilians.
President Obama has said he opposes no-fly zones in Syria and he is resisting Republican and some Democratic calls (notably Hillary Clinton) for such zones. Obama is right to show restraint, especially with Russian jets now involved in doing some bombing of their own. Sending any more jets and troops to Syria would just be a further escalation of a situation that needs a peaceable “deconfliction” if ever there was one.