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Dempsey: Syrian rebels wouldn't back US interests
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 8/21/2013 | Bradley Klapper

Posted on 08/21/2013 3:28:15 AM PDT by cll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is opposed to even limited U.S. military intervention in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Assad regime wouldn't support American interests if they were to seize power right now, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to a congressman in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Effectively ruling out U.S. cruise missile attacks and other options that wouldn't require U.S. troops on the ground, Dempsey said the military is clearly capable of taking out Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force and shifting the balance of the Arab country's 2½-year war back toward the armed opposition. But he said such an approach would plunge the United States deep into another war in the Arab world and offer no strategy for peace in a nation plagued by ethnic rivalries.

"Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides," Dempsey said in the letter Aug. 19 to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor. Today, they are not."

Dempsey's pessimistic assessment will hardly please members of the fractured Syrian opposition leadership and some members of the administration who have championed greater support to help the rebellion end Assad's four-decade family dynasty. Despite almost incessant bickering and internal disputes, some opposition groups have worked with the United States and other European and Arab supporters to try to form a cohesive, inclusive movement dedicated to a democratic and multiethnic state.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; christiangenocide; iran; israel; lebanon; obama; russia; syria; threatmatrix; waronterror Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: cll
If the current US administration is not concerned about US interests why should the Syrian Mujahadeen Rebels care or look out for US interests?

One leader is golfing and gritting his jaw bone, the other is yachting and enjoying the sea salt.

The US is toast to that region.

Only Israel (and Jordan) are trying to hold on by a thread and the President is doing his best to destroy their confidence in us, not much left, Israel will act alone on Iran while Obama draws another red line and says, “all options are on the table, and I MEAN it”!

2 posted on 08/21/2013 3:36:12 AM PDT by Netz
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To: cll

Isn’t this the reason Obama GAVE THEM 20,000 MANPADs???

To use against Americans, to kill the ones
Obama and the US Congress cannot?


3 posted on 08/21/2013 3:36:22 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: cll

Duh.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 3:39:05 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: cll

Running cover for the “one” who armed them and started this mess.

They got plenty pictures of McCain now to shift the blame to him

One of these days Republicans will learn that reaching across the aisle does nothing more than getting them set up for the fall


5 posted on 08/21/2013 3:42:13 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Diogenesis

Yeah ... just what ARE “American interests” anyway ?


6 posted on 08/21/2013 3:52:50 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: MestaMachine

Trying to think of a sharper, more on the ball, Joint Chief of Staff that we’ve had in the past. Maybe during the Carter years?

Dempsey sounds (and acts) like a boxer that has gone too many rounds with Muhammad Ali.

Duh? Indeed.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 3:55:40 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Lera

mccain is a dim... he parades as a republican but he doesn’t have to reach across the isle... he is always hanging out with the rats and he is already there.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 4:25:12 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cll

Wow, ya think?? Not sure how many brain cells are required to come to that conclusion. How about getting into the faces of Juan McQueeq and his girlfriend Lispy Grahamnesty and getting them up to speed??


9 posted on 08/21/2013 4:52:28 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: Netz

Whew!!! My opinion of our modern generals just rose up a notch. (but only one notch)


10 posted on 08/21/2013 4:53:29 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: cll

Hmmmm....so why were they shipping weapons out of Benghazi to these “rebels” then?


11 posted on 08/21/2013 4:56:17 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cll

General Dempsey should demote himself to Captain Obvious.


12 posted on 08/21/2013 5:14:15 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: knarf

Yes. I was asking that myself. There are American interests and then there are Obama interests. What are the Obama interests? I’d like them to explain that to the public minus the usual fluff and BS.


13 posted on 08/21/2013 5:17:44 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: cll

It’s a little surprising that an official spokesman is acknowledging this, however (that is, assuming Dempsey is speaking officially).

I’ve also read that there is now some reluctance among people in the US government to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, although it must be hard for them to keep Obama, Mr. Muslim Brotherhood himself, from just doing it. You know he wants to...


14 posted on 08/21/2013 5:20:05 AM PDT by livius
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To: Timber Rattler

Exactly!!


15 posted on 08/21/2013 5:35:35 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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16 posted on 08/21/2013 5:36:47 AM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: Netz
GEN Dempsey might be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but his statements qualify him as not the sharpest knife in the drawer. That the U.S. should even consider involvement in a Shi'ite vs. Sunni fight over Syria is incomprehensible. Muslims have been killing each other for over 1,400 years. This is a normal thing that they do and a win-win for Western Civilization. Stand back and pass the popcorn; do NOT get involved in this civil war.
17 posted on 08/21/2013 5:39:46 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Lera
One of these days Republicans will learn that reaching across the aisle does nothing more than getting them set up for the fall

I'm afraid I must disagree. There is a careful screening process for Republicans seeking federal office that ensures the majority are willing and eager patsies. Remember, McConnell and Boehner were elected to leadership by almost unanimous margins.

18 posted on 08/21/2013 5:49:06 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: MasterGunner01

Agreed but an Assad victory will enable both Hizbollah and Russia to have boots on the ground on Israel’s Golan Heights. That means Hizbollah has Israel covered from the north and northeast.
Without Hizbollah, Assad would have lost already and if he wins, he will be deeply indebted to those animals.
Now, I guess it’s the lesser evil.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 5:57:08 AM PDT by Netz
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To: livius

Huma is working Weiner’s weiner overtime and Obama must listen to her as an official rep. of the MB in this administration...


20 posted on 08/21/2013 5:58:55 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Netz

Wow, Dempsey has half a brain after all.


21 posted on 08/21/2013 6:18:39 AM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Rotten Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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To: Netz
The demographic breakdown of Syria tells the tale: Alawites (Assad's tribe of Muslims), Shi'ite Muslims, Druse Muslims, and Christians compose a 26 percent minority of the Syrian populace that rules Syria; the 74 percent majority are Sunni Muslims. If the Sunnis take over, you're going to see genocide on a scale that would make the most rabid Nazi blush. That fact is what motivates Assad and the other minorities to fight.

Assad also knows that Israel could vaporize Syria if he decides to get aggressive with them. Assad is a survivor; he is not suicidal.

22 posted on 08/21/2013 6:24:19 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Diogenesis
It just dawned on Dempsey that Muslim Brotherhood backed Syrian rebels won't support US geopolitical interests?

I guess this isn't surprising, considering how virtually everyone was promising that "Arab Spring" uprisings would inevitably lead to western-style Democracy all through the middle East. Maybe reality is starting to set in after seeing what Morsi accomplished in Egypt and the direction in which Libya is now headed.

23 posted on 08/21/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Don't worry, I'm sure the Assad regime, and the Iranian mullahcracy, and the Hizbollah, and the Russians used special gas that only kills jihadists. Y'know, jihadists other than Iranians and Hizbollah.
24 posted on 08/22/2013 3:51:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Don't worry, I'm sure the Assad regime, and the Iranian mullahcracy, and the Hizbollah, and the Russians used special gas that only kills jihadists. Y'know, jihadists other than Iranians and Hizbollah.

And I'm sure that the Syrian rebels that you support don't have a single Al Quaeda fighter among them, and righteously refuse any and all arms and funds sent to them by the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabist Saudis. After all, they have Barack Obama, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain to vouch for them!

25 posted on 08/22/2013 8:32:32 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: ek_hornbeck

No, the Syrian, Iranian, and Russian mass-murderers that you and your fellow pro-commie/anti-American/pro-jihadist/anti-Israel FR trolls support are lousy up the eyes with Hizbollah and Syrian killers of American troops going back decades to the Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon and continuing during Syria’s support of the murders of US servicepeople in Iraq and elsewhere.

And no one on FR is surprised in any way by that.


26 posted on 08/23/2013 4:01:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv; ek_hornbeck

Ha ha. You two are fighting over which of your skunks stinks less.


27 posted on 08/23/2013 4:10:18 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SunkenCiv
You just can't bring yourself to admit that the Muslim Brotherhood supports the same Syrian rebels that you do, can you? I can see why.

There's an obvious asymmetry here. You keep repeating that I'm "supporting" Assad, yet I've never once advocated arming or funding him.

In contrast, you actively support arming, funding, and perhaps even sending US troops to fight on behalf of the Syrian rebels. Once again, if I'm a commie agent of Iran for thinking that Assad might be a lesser evil in this civil war, what does that make you for supporting the same side as the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Quaeda? Mohammed Morsi's lover?

It reminds me of how people like you used to shriek "commie traitor" at those who opposed Clinton's war against Serbia, and accuse such people of being agents of Milosevic. The funny thing was, none of the critics of Clinton's war wanted to arm Milosevic or send troops on his behalf. In contrast, people like you liked nothing more than seeing Hashim Thaqi and the Kosovo Liberation Army (once classified as terrorist by the US state department) armed and funded.

28 posted on 08/23/2013 8:48:44 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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To: Sirius Lee
You two are fighting over which of your skunks stinks less.

There's a difference though. I'm not denying that Assad is murdering civilians, nor am I advocating active US support for his regime.

Sunken, on the other hand, can't bring himself to admit that the Syrian rebels have Muslim Brotherhood and Al Quaeda among them, and actively supports us arming them or even sending troops to fight alongside them.

29 posted on 08/23/2013 8:53:36 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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