Newsday Features FP’s National Security Reporter Gordon Lubold on Syria


News Story from: 7/23/13


“Lubold: Is intervening in Syria worth a billion dollars per month?”

By Gordon Lubold

Using lethal force to strike high-value targets inside Syria would require hundreds of U.S. aircraft, ships and submarines, while establishing a no-fly zone would cost as much as a billion dollars per month over the course of a year, according to a new analysis of military options there by the nation’s top military officer. Another option, in which the U.S. attempts to control Syria’s chemical weapons stock, would first require thousands of special operations forces and other ground forces, wrote Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. Oh, and well over a billion dollars per month.

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