July 23, 2013
The Pentagon has provided Congress with the first list of detailed options for military intervention in Syria, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The scenarios were presented in a letter by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and enumerate that strikes on Syrian military targets will costs billions of dollars.
As reported in the New York Times, Dempsey wrote that “long-range strikes on the Syrian government’s military targets would require ‘hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines and other enablers’” and cost ‘in the billions.’”
This is the first time that the Pentagon has explicitly laid out the challenges facing the U.S. in its efforts at intervening in the two-year long Syrian civil war. They reflect General Dempsey’s acknowledgement that Syrian President Bashar Assad is not necessarily going to be ousted anytime soon.