Much of he US economy is based on military arms to the world and controlling natural resources. Russia and other bloc countries are in the same predicament. The same Congressmen advocating Iraq, Iran, and Afghan invasions want to put 'boots on the ground' in Syria. That won't be as easy to start with Obama taking a cautions approach. A Republican Presidency could assure that war.
Russia is raising the bar as to how many military personnel will be at risk They are supplying Syria with the Yakhont anti-ship cruise missile, designed to avoid radar. This means that any ships within 180 miles from the Syrian ports in the Mediterranean are at risk when supplying or transporting. It makes moving carriers within that distance hazardous as thousands of personnel are at risk in one carrier.
"the Wall Street Journal, reports that Moscow has deployed at least a dozen warships to patrol waters near the Russian naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus.
The initial order - for 72 missiles along with launcher and support vehicles - was placed in 2007 and the first deliveries received in early 2011, said the paper.
But there is concern that the presence of sophisticated Russian-supplied weaponry will make it much harder to agree and carry out such intervention, implement a blockade or conduct targeted airstrikes in the future.
It enables the regime to deter foreign forces looking to supply the opposition from the sea, or from undertaking a more active role if a no-fly zone or a shipping embargo were to be declared at some point""