An astute reader commented the other day in response to stories about war with Syria that he believes there is stimulation by the defense community to act in Syria. Political leaders who are aligned with action include Senators McCain and Graham.
Are the Senators motivated by principles of freedom and American foreign policy values, or are they motivated by influence from the military industrial complex or both?
One imposing question that has not been discussed much is about the cost of incursion and return on cost. At a time when Congress is obsessed with debt and deficit, as it should be, what about adding another war burden on top of the legacy debt and ongoing operations? Can the nation handle that?
Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says it will cost billions, and that is just to start the initiative. Ultimately, if the U.S. gets involved there will be boots on the ground to locate and neutralize chemical weapons, and to secure the area in the process. There will be humanitarian aid.
More ominous, intervention will lead to a protracted situation in which America is once again stuck in the Middle East tar pit.
“US military strike on Syria will cost taxpayers billions
US Navy destroyers cruising in the Pacific Ocean
Mon Sep 2, 2013 3:48AM GMT
Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, estimated in a letter to the Senate in July that a military intervention deep inside Syria would require hundreds of warplanes, ships and submarines and that the costs would be in the billions.
As the United States gears up for a seemingly inevitable strike on Syria, defense experts warn that a military action will cost American taxpayers billions of dollars at an era of austerity and contracting budgets.
The most likely scenario for a strike on Syria, as multiple senior US officials have indicated, would be to launch cruise missiles from US Navy destroyers cruising in the eastern Mediterranean.
Each of those sophisticated missiles, which fly as far as 1,000 miles, evade radar and explode within feet of their targets, costs about $1.1 million, according to the US Navy.
"The ships, missiles and salaries are already paid for," Gordon Adams, a professor at American University and a former Defense Department official in the Clinton administration, told the USA Today.”