U.S. Considering Use Of Force In Syria, Dempsey Says

By RICHARD LARDNER 07/18/13 11:21 AM ET EDT AP

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military officer tells a Senate committee the Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says during congressional testimony Thursday that he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of force in Syria.

Dempsey used the term “kinetic strikes,” and added the “issue is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government.”

But Dempsey did not provide additional details. He says the decision on whether to engage militarily is one for U.S. elected officials to make.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering Dempsey’s nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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9 Responses to U.S. Considering Use Of Force In Syria, Dempsey Says

  1. IF John McCain is not for him he is one of the good guys. The US is not in good standing with the World at this time due to all that has come out. Also keep in mind MR. Karry’s past ties and to who he is tied. He also is tied to the dark one’s never the less the U.S. and Isreal are now under close watch of the U.N. the rat’s have been exposed for all they have done in the past and it is comming home to them very fast.

  2. gdazer says:

    I think the Americans should stay the hell away from Syria if they know whats good for them.

  3. gear13 says:

    Bunch of hot air, these are the last gasps for air from the cabal in an attempt to avoid drowning which is inevitable.

  4. DrinkDeep says:

    Kerry gets an earful from angry Syrian refugees
    MATTHEW LEE

    ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — Angry Syrian refugees confronted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday with demands for the United States and the international community to do more to help opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime, venting frustration at perceived inaction on their behalf.

    Visiting the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan near the Syrian border, Kerry met six representatives of its 115,000-strong population, all of whom appealed to him for the U.S. and its allies to create no-fly zones and set up safe zones inside Syria to prevent the Assad regime from inflicting additional destruction. The United Nations says the conflict has killed more than 93,000 people and become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

    “We are begging you for a no-fly zone,” Jamalat Abu al-Hariri, one of the refugees, told reporters after the meeting.

    Kerry listened grimly to the complaints for 40 minutes and promised to relay the refugees’ concerns to Washington and other capitals. But, he also noted serious complications in meeting the demands and reminded them that the U.S. is their largest single benefactor. The U.S. has provided nearly $815 million in humanitarian aid to Syrians through the United Nations. Of that, $147 million has been directed to relief agencies working in Jordan, which is home to about 600,000 displaced Syrians.

    His words, however, did not appear to assuage the six refugees — four women and a man from Daara, the Syrian city closest to the Zaatari camp, and one from Homs, which has been under increasing siege by Assad’s military and Iranian-backed fighters for weeks.

    “Mr. Secretary, if the situation remains unchanged until the end of Ramadan this camp will become empty,” said one of the women from Daara, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal against her or her family. “We will return to Syria and we will fight with knives.”

    “You as the U.S. government look to Israel with respect,” she said. “Cannot you do the same with the children of Syria?”

    “The international community can decide to keep its eyes closed as long as it wants. We will return to Syria and we will remember everything,” said one of the male refugees, who also asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

    In Washington, the chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee the Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria.

    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, appearing at his confirmation hearing for another term, said he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of force in Syria.

    Dempsey used the term “kinetic strikes,” and added that the “issue is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government.” But he did not provide additional details, saying the decision on whether to engage militarily is one for U.S. elected officials to make.

    Kerry had been warned of a possible hostile reception at the camp, where refugees frustrated at their living conditions and deteriorating conditions in their homeland have in the past attacked U.N. staff and other aid workers, but chose to go anyway to see the situation first-hand, according to U.S. officials.

    “The stories that I’ve just heard and the people that I’ve just met put a real face on the level of the humanitarian crisis,” Kerry told reporters after meeting the refugees. “Coming here today puts a very real, human face and a searing, unforgettable passion and urgency to our needs to try to address it on an international scope.”

    Kerry spent his time in Zaatari at the camp’s administrative base, which is separated by a fence from the tens of thousands of prefabricated aluminum trailers in which the refugees live. He did not tour the dusty living quarters.

    In his conversation with the refugees, Kerry attempted without apparent success to explain the U.S. position.

    “A lot of different options are under consideration,” he said after being repeatedly pressed for a no-fly zone. “I wish it was very simple. As you know, we’ve been fighting two wars for 12 years. We are trying to help in various ways, including helping Syrian opposition fighters have weapons. We are doing new things. There is consideration of buffer zones and other things but it is not as simple as it sounds.”

    “You are not abandoned,” he insisted. “We are very aware of how terrible conditions are inside Syria. I came here today because we are concerned. I promise you I will take your voices and concerns back with me to Washington as we continue to work with our friends in ways that can be helpful.”

    After the meeting, Kerry told reporters he understood the refugees’ concerns.

    “I think they are frustrated and angry at the world for not stepping up,” he said. “If I was in their shoes I would be looking for help wherever I could find it. I share their passion and frustration for the plight that they face on a day-to-day basis.”

    The Zaatari camp was set up last July and was at one point in April receiving an average of 1,500 new arrivals each day. The current population is down from a high of nearly 130,000 because some people are leaving — some to go back to join the fight, some to tend to properties in areas that are relatively safe and some into Jordan proper if they can prove they have relatives already there, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

    But people are still arriving, although in smaller numbers than before; most Syrians who lived closest to the border are already in Jordan and the new arrivals are coming from farther away, camp manager Killian Kleinschmidt said, One hundred arrivals Wednesday night had spent 17 days on the road coming from the Homs area, about 200 miles away, he said.

    Despite the slight reduction in the camp’s population, the stories from incoming refugees suggest the situation inside Syria is getting worse, Kleinschmidt said.

    “The conflict has reached a level of brutality that is unbelievable,” he said, adding that every family in the camp can tell stories of rape, torture, arrest and disappearances. Children draw “horrible pictures of destruction,” he said.

    Kerry is in Jordan on his sixth trip to the Middle East in as many months as secretary of state and flew by Jordanian military helicopter to the Zaatari camp northeast of Amman, about 12 kilometers from the Syrian border, accompanied by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

    http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-gets-earful-angry-syrian-refugees-143511483.html

    • Jean says:

      Thanks for this important article. I doubt anything will happen. They don’t walk the talk . . . Hugs, ~Jean

      • DrinkDeep says:

        I’m not at all convinced that they’re actual refugees, but I trust Matt Lee. Funny how there’s no mention of Israel’s bombing in Syria contributing to the worsening conditions.

  5. Energy Doctor says:

    The people of America do not want this war. Even our government and the lame stream media agree that Al Quaeda is part of the rebel forces and don’t want to give them heavy arms which will eventually be used in other ways.
    Up is down and down is up. When does it stop? Over 70% of Americans want nothing to do with this war. Bring all of them home now.

    • Jean says:

      I think this man may not be all bad, but to do any good, he has to get renominated . . . let’s watch and see . . . Hugs, ~Jean

      • DrinkDeep says:

        Sen. John McCain said Thursday he will block Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s nomination for a second term as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman due to his dissatisfaction with the officer’s responses to questions about the potential use of U.S. military power in Syria.

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