The White House has asked Pentagon officials to prepare plans for a no-fly zone inside Syria. The no-fly zone would be enforced by the US and other countries such as France and Britain, according to reports in the Daily Beast.
"The White House is still in contemplation mode but the planning is moving forward and it's more advanced than it's ever been," an unnamed administration official told Josh Rogan on the Daily Beast. "All this effort to pressure the regime is part of the overall effort to find a political solution, but what happens if Geneva fails? It's only prudent to plan for other options."
Pentagon spokesman Dave Lapan, however, sent a statement to the Daily Beast saying no such action was being planned and military commanders were continuing to discuss a range of possible options.
CNN also reported earlier that the Joint Staff of the Pentagon and the US Central Command have updated potential military options for intervention in Syria, These might include an idea of a no-fly zone using Patriot missile batteries in southern Turkey along the border with Syria. These missiles are also capable of shooting down aircraft.
It is worth mentioning that Syrian opposition demanded many times to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, to protect civilians and rebel strongholds in Syria, but unfortunately, no one responded to this demand, which encouraged the regime air Force to use all the ferocity and violence in killing thousands of Syrian civilians.
Recent appeal to set up a no-fly zone in Syria was during the short visit of US Republican Senatorto Syria. Gen. Salim Idriss, asked the US to supply the Syrian armed opposition with heavy weapons and set up a no-fly zone in Syria.
Idriss further described McCain’s visit as very useful, and called on the US to take the decision to support the Syrian armed opposition with weapons, ammunition, antitank missiles and antiaircraft weapons, CNN reported.
McCain, who has repeatedly called for supplying arms to Syrian rebels has recently called for the installation of US Patriot missile batteries on Jordan’s border with Syria as a first step in establishing a buffer zone inside Syria to better facilitate the Syrian armed opposition.
Meanwhile, the White House said that the US Presidentwill meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the White House on Friday, to discuss the end of the war in Afghanistan and other global issues, Reuters reports.
When the international community imposed a no-fly zone on Libya and Iraq before it, at that time both countries didn't own weapons or air crafts such as the ones owned by the Syrian regime in addition to the continuous Russian support, which makes the premise of no-fly zone over Syria impossible without an international approval.
US is completely relying nowadays on a diplomatic solution, so if Geneva 2 conference fails, America will certainly work to arrange for Geneva 3 conference or perhaps Madrid. President Obama does not want any military intervention in Syria, even if Bashar al-Assad himself admitts that he used chemical weapons against his people, Obama's response will be that he needs evidence that Assad when he admitted about the use of these weapons, was fully aware of what he says and hasn't been under threat?
Accordingly, I do not expect that Obama's administration will intervene in Syria for several reasons mainly due to the U.S. economic crisis besides the unwillingness to face the Russian Bear who backs the Syrian regime as a strategic and sole ally in the Middle East.