Bill referred to Committee on Foreign Relations could spark conflict with Russia. —>
President Barack Obama could sign new legislation into law that would impose sanctions on the Syrian government and allow the president to create a no-fly zone over the Russian-backed nation at his discretion.
The bill, entitled HR 5732 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016, passed unanimously in the House on November 15 and has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Should it pass in the Senate, President Obama would have the authority to submit a report to the congressional committee “that assesses the potential effectiveness, risks and…the impact of a no-fly zone in Syria” along with the potential impact of humanitarian and counterterrorism efforts in the region.
This would enable Obama to ask for a no-fly zone before leaving office, an act of aggression with the potential to spark a World War 3 scenario. In order to enforce the zone, American military personnel or US-backed rebels would need to shoot down Russian planes.
The legislation also calls for the president to recommend the potential for “force contributions from other countries to establish a no-fly zone in Syria.”
Even without restricted air space, tight sanctions levied against the Syrian government could further deteriorate US-Russian relations and leave President-elect Donald Trump with a convoluted mess to clean up following his inauguration.
As the holiday season approaches, expect neocons from both political parties to try and ram HR 5732 through the Senate while nobody is paying attention.