|Turkish Armored Units.|
Let Turkey and France Police
"We Americans have no commission from God
to police the world."
President Benjamin Harrison
For nearly 120 years now American politicians have felt the need to throw their weight around and act as an imperial policeman of the world. Never mind that the world somehow managed to police itself for 10,000 years before an American army came along to "help".
If Syria needs a policeman then let Turkey and France act. The U.S. has no business in that nation.
Syria was part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire for 400 years, and Syria was under French colonial rule after World War I.
A modest suggestion. Tell France and Turkey that the Mediterranean Sea belongs to them now. They have now been promoted to Policemen of the Mediterranean. We can give them a shiny badge and everything.
It would be cheaper for the U.S. to pay France and Turkey their cost plus 10% profit and let them keep the locals in line.
The Turkish Army can do the job in the east. It has an established strength of approximately 402,000 active personnel.
The Turkish Army's website gives figures as to the number of formations in the Army. The official site gives totals of 9 Army Corps, 1 Infantry Division, 2 Mechanized Infantry Divisions, 1 Armored Division, 1 Training Division, 11 Infantry / Motorized Infantry Brigades, 16 Mechanized Infantry Brigades, 9 Armored Brigades, 5 Para-Commando Brigades, 1 Army Aviation Brigade, 2 Artillery Brigades, 5 Training Brigades and one Humanitarian Aid Brigade
The primary main battle tanks of the Turkish Army are the Leopard 2A4 and the M60T. There are also around 400 Leopard 1 and 750 M60 Patton variants in service (excluding the M60T which were upgraded with the 120 mm MG253 guns), but the Turkish Army retains a large number of older vehicles.
More than 2,800 M48 Pattons are still in service (upgraded with the 105 mm M68 guns).
Charles de Gaulle CVN French Carrier Operations
|The French Foreign Legion|
The Legion has acted in the name of France and kicked ass from Mexico to Vietnam to Africa. It would be cheaper for the U.S. to pay France cost + 10% and let them police the Mediterranean.
|U.S. Policeman of the World.|
The U.S. will not stop being policeman because it gives us control of money, oil and power to tell everyone what to do.
A number of folks have sent me this, so I pass it along. Nafeez Ahmed argues in the Guardian that “Syrian intervention plans fuelled by oil interest, not chemical weapons concerns”. And it is falling out according to grand plans, including a Rand report on the “long war” to embroil jihadists in internal strife so that we don’t lose Gulf oil.