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PANETTA SAYS SYRIAN NO-FLY ZONE NOT ON FRONT BURNER, BACK BURNER, OR EVEN ANYWHERE NEAR THE STOVE
August 14 2012
Washington, D.C. – Every now and then it appears, perhaps vaguely, that the world is starting to make moves to attempt to help rebel forces inside Syria. The recent meeting between Hillary Clinton and Turkish officials where they set up a task force, for example, is evidence that sometimes things are afoot.
All that chatter and talk has not, however, translated into real actions on the ground. In fact nearly the entire world, for all the talk of the need for action inside the country, has done nothing at all aside from talk about things since the fighting began.
Now more talk has started about the conflict, this time from the top brass in the Pentagon who it appears are keenly aware of the situation in the country. So aware is Leon Panetta in fact that he actually addressed the conflict directly for the first time since it broke out and made it clear that there were no plans to help with a no-fly zone and that such a thing wasn’t even on the stove never mind the front burner. In fact the stove isn’t even on and all the knobs to turn the thing on have been removed so of course there won’t be any help.
“We have planned for a number of contingencies that could take place and one of those possible contingencies is developing a no-fly zone. But we've also pointed out difficulties in being able to implement that,” said Panetta. “It's not on the front burner as far as I know.”
And Panetta would know, being the Defense Secretary and directly in charge of those types of things.
It’s not clear if Panetta has a literal oven where he cooks up plans to fight people around the world or if he was just speaking symbolically.
“It’s really shame that something like this, or this exactly, a no-fly zone, isn’t something that can be implemented. I mean it could be implemented in literal terms but in practical terms it doesn’t appear that that is something that is going to happen now or ever,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “Things could change of course but it doesn’t appear as though it is something they are even preparing. One has to wonder if they have even looked at the recipe recently just to remind themselves how you put together something like that.”
Military conflict is generally not a recipe in cookbook. Again, this is symbolic.
“Obviously that is not the news the rebels would like to hear but is probably exactly what the Syrian government would like to hear. It’s funny how that works sometimes, where one side gets the best news they can get and the other gets the worst. It’s sad someone has to lose but that’s life I guess,” continued Hander. “This could all change in a second if the heat gets turned up or if Syria decides to invite more guests to the table. If that happens I think there will be no choice but to fire up the oven and get things cooking. By that stage you wouldn’t really have much of a choice considering how many hungry mouths there would be to feed.”
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent