July 27, 2006

DAMASKIN VILLAGE:

Syria's military flatters to deceive (Richard M Bennett, 7/28/06, Asia Times)

While it is still largely true that the Syrian military remains one of the largest and best-trained forces in the Arab world, it has significantly lost every major conflict with Israel since 1948. Its combat strength has deteriorated dramatically over the past 15 years as its equipment has become increasingly obsolescent, poorly maintained and short of spare parts.

The collapse of the Soviet Union created immense problems of resupply for the Syrians, and the slowdown experienced by the Syrian economy resulted in a further downgrading of the military's combat efficiency.


"Yes, yes, of course, we all know you cannot poke a stick through the walls of a concrete tower, but here's something to think about: what if the walls are only a painted backdrop?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2006 10:56 AM
Comments

Reminds of the Persian Gulf War when everyone was saying "He's got the 4th largest military in the world! We're dooomed! It's the next Vietnam!" But, as it turns out, that military was indeed the 4th largest but also one of the most technologically backward and ill-trained militaries as well.

Posted by: Bryan at July 27, 2006 11:13 AM

Shoulda done them in spring 2003. Would have taken an additional 2-3 days of operations after Baghdad fell, and saved tens of thousands of lives, at no cost.

Posted by: b at July 27, 2006 11:51 AM

Fuzzy-wuzzies, beneath the military threshhold.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 27, 2006 7:56 PM
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