Securing, Destroying Syrias Chem Weapons: How to Do It, Who Will Do It? Vague Answers

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard that it will take 75,000 “boots on the ground” in Syria to secure their chemical weapons stockpile. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little is “not going to speculate” on who may be needed to make either ‘securing’ or ‘destroying’ happen. “We’ve got to see where the process goes” said Little. Maybe we will await orders from Putin, or maybe he’ll give us a heads-up in the NYT. Two maps below, both form late 2012 showing some differences in where Assad’s chemical weapons may be produced and stored. Click the maps for more info. UPDATE 9-15-13 Just heard on Fox this a.m. that a contact at the Pentagon said the 75,000 would be needed in a hostile environment, but with Assad agreeing to the destruction, it will take far fewer troops.

Source: Monterey Institute of International Studies. Click the graphic for more.

Source: Monterey Institute of International Studies. Click the graphic for more.

Source: NTI, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Click the map for additional information.

Source: NTI, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Click the map for additional information.