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Has Pentagon chief reversed his position on striking Syria?
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/04/2013 | Anna Mulrine

Posted on 09/04/2013 8:49:43 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top Pentagon officer repeatedly warned against the costs and potential entanglements of military involvement in Syria. Now he's testifying on behalf of the White House.

The nation's top military officer warned repeatedly in recent months that getting US military involved with Syria is a dangerous proposition...

Did he change his mind or is he just doing the White House's bidding?

In the past, he has made it clear that US military intervention could tip the balance of power in favor of Islamist rebels who don't necessarily have the interests of the United States at heart...

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


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Was Dempsey telling the truth then? Now?
1 posted on 09/04/2013 8:49:43 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

He likes his job and wants to keep it.


2 posted on 09/04/2013 8:51:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: NonValueAdded

“He likes his job and wants to keep it.”

He likes his life, and the life of his family.


3 posted on 09/04/2013 8:54:10 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Like Betrayus, Dempsey probably has a squeeze on the side.
And Zero has the file.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 8:54:14 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: NonValueAdded

A sell out? Never....


5 posted on 09/04/2013 8:54:25 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: NonValueAdded

He’s following his orders.


6 posted on 09/04/2013 8:55:32 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

General James Mattoon Scott: Where are you now that we need you?


7 posted on 09/04/2013 8:56:06 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Bet he’d fail the West Point honor code about now.


8 posted on 09/04/2013 8:56:36 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

All of “0bama’s military” needs to resign.


9 posted on 09/04/2013 8:57:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

No but, his knees have developed calluses in abeyance to his boy king.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 8:58:59 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

he is a pansy ass lying son of a beach


11 posted on 09/04/2013 9:01:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ronin; All

But in doing so, would a reversal in his position be now like lying through his teeth?


12 posted on 09/04/2013 9:02:24 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: DBrow

He likes his life, and the life of his family.


BINGO!

A lot of them, along with their families, have been threatened.


13 posted on 09/04/2013 9:20:46 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: laplata

The NSA has the goods on him. Just like it has the goods on nearly every American these days.

Welcome the the Neu Amerika.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 9:24:00 PM PDT by TheConservator ("I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.")
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The Syrian War: What You’re Not Being Told
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkamZg68jpk#t=947


15 posted on 09/04/2013 9:30:03 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

The NSA files have once again come to the rescue of our Dear Leader.


16 posted on 09/04/2013 9:30:24 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: laplata
Did you see the video of the hearing (it was on CNN) where Kerry (after blabbing nonsensically for a few minutes) turns to the General, and says "would you like to add your comments here General?".

The General says, "Thanks for the offer, but no, I don't have anything to say."

17 posted on 09/04/2013 9:31:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Senior generals have to support the Commander in Chief or resign. I would prefer that more resign, but that would give Obama more chances to promote his flunkies into positions of power, so we are not looking at a lot of good options here.

Do you think the Commandant of the US Marine Corps really liked the idea of “stepping out smartly” when the President and Congress ordered him to accept gays openly in the Corps?

We’re in perilous times. The steel supports of the Republic are cracking. It is impossible to say what will happen in the days, weeks, and months ahead.


18 posted on 09/04/2013 9:39:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: tennmountainman

I hope you aren’t right.

Sad, indeed, if that is what it has come to.

Integrity in the armed forces made this country.

Duty. Honor. Country.

Strengthen the things that remain...


19 posted on 09/04/2013 9:48:08 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: laplata

Just like the Red Army 1938, all that’s missing is the one-way trip to The Lubyanka.


20 posted on 09/04/2013 9:49:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes, I saw that. And Kerry looked like a drugged Zombie. They’re Demonic, and that’s the truth.


21 posted on 09/04/2013 9:49:57 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: dfwgator

I worked for a conservative Think Tank in the early ‘80’s and we spent two weeks with Yuri Bezmenov who had defected from the KGB. He had some horror stories about communism, how our media is in the tank for the commies, Useful Idiots, etc.


22 posted on 09/04/2013 9:54:55 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Is The US Going To War With Syria Over A Natural Gas Pipeline?
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-04/guest-post-us-going-war-syria-over-natural-gas-pipeline


23 posted on 09/04/2013 9:55:14 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: NonValueAdded

If we could just avoid a downturn in this economy we could avoid this new war. There must be an economic index somewhere that is linked to political calls for starting a war.


24 posted on 09/04/2013 9:59:01 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Ronin

“He’s following his orders.”

BINGO...
You could tell by some of his answers today he doesn’t want to be there, and thinks this is a horrible idea.
But, he’s a good trooper, and will follow the orders of the dumbasses.... err... I mean leadership above him.

After all, it’s what the people he serves voted for.


25 posted on 09/04/2013 10:00:12 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tennmountainman
Gen. Dempsey is what you're left with after Obama neutered the top military brass and judging by his and other top generals PUBLIC statements, they are all cowering in the face of budget cutbacks and lack of progress in that region since 2008.
26 posted on 09/04/2013 10:10:47 PM PDT by Netz
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Bravo!!! Absolutely awesome video. Thanks so much!


27 posted on 09/04/2013 11:21:45 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

NSA persuasion


28 posted on 09/05/2013 3:37:08 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: dfwgator

>>Just like the Red Army 1938, all that’s missing is the one-way trip to The Lubyanka.<<

“Forget about Spain (Iraq), comrade. Nazy (Al-Qaeda) is a friend now. You have to team up with the Nazy (Al-Qaeda) to kill Poles (Syrians) for them.”

I guess it is how Soviet officers felt back when. The rest is history.


29 posted on 09/05/2013 4:01:31 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

You have to understand the military.

The chain of command is designed so that anyone under any other level of government (including the military) is expected to accept and praise any suggestion, rule, order, and any other directive or thought of any other higher level.

If you don’t follow this rule you are accused of being: A boat rocker, not playing with the rest of us, a bomb thrower, not rowing with the rest of us and on and on and on.

Basically it’s a “go along to get along” system and if now adhered to.....will impact your chance of any future promotions.

I know from experience for I worked in the government for 12 years and in the military for 4.

This general simply was “nudged” by his “betters” that he was not playing the agreement game with his dear leader....Obama.


30 posted on 09/05/2013 4:32:50 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute just said that the ALQueda REBELA have used Chemical Weapons also....4 times for both sides.


31 posted on 09/05/2013 4:33:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

EVERYONE needs to read that article about the Gas Line that Qatar wants to go thru Syria.....no WONDER Qatar wants us to get rid of Assad. LOTS of MONEY to be given to ALL the DEMOCRATS who support this bombing!


32 posted on 09/05/2013 4:37:11 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

“Did he change his mind or is he just doing the White House’s bidding?”........

That one pretty much answers itself. He does not want to loose his current job nor his eventual cushy retirement. There are numerous ways he could be “punished” if he failed to do odumbo’s bidding and since he does NOT have a dog in this Syria fight, he has nothing to loose by supporting odumbo. After all, its just spoken words.


33 posted on 09/05/2013 4:41:32 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Is there a quote from the senate hearing that indicates he has changed his mind?

I heard him say we are always ready but I never heard him say I’m anxious to go.

He in fact lateraled the ball back to Kerry when he handed the General a hot potato.


34 posted on 09/05/2013 4:44:09 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
From the desk of GEN Dempsey:

Opinion: Our Military Exists To Fight And Win Wars — Except In Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, And Korea

35 posted on 09/05/2013 4:47:19 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: TheConservator

I think it’s just a case of “Shut-up and cover”.


36 posted on 09/05/2013 5:09:06 AM PDT by Justa
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To: tcrlaf

These “top brass” have spent so much of their careers kissing a** that subjecting troops, men and women, to possible annihilation is purely political...
As long as Obozo’s butt is covered, life is good....


37 posted on 09/05/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Progov

Nothing to lose but the blood of our children.....


38 posted on 09/05/2013 6:06:17 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: tennmountainman

“Like Betrayus, Dempsey probably has a squeeze on the side.
And Zero has the file.”

Female/Male/ squeeze or both?


39 posted on 09/05/2013 6:12:49 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

He wants to keep his cozy, cushy Pennttagon job.


40 posted on 09/05/2013 6:13:15 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: clintonh8r

General James Mattoon Scott: Where are you now that we need you?


General James Mattoon Scott was nothing but a stinking traitor.


41 posted on 09/05/2013 6:22:17 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Jordan Lyman was a traitor.


42 posted on 09/05/2013 6:36:11 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: clintonh8r

So you’re in support of a military coup and a military dictatorship, eh? Thats what Scott wanted, and thats who you seem to idolize. Scott was peeing all over the Constitution and the Founding Fathers.


43 posted on 09/05/2013 8:27:46 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Lyman was selling out the country to the Soviets, so I guess I can assume you would support that.


44 posted on 09/05/2013 8:30:24 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

All the big brass have been thoroughly vetted, and those remaining are Obama butt boys. All the ones with cajones have been purged.


45 posted on 09/05/2013 3:34:27 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Dempsey is a political hack, a punk. OF COURSE he’s got his hands down Ubama’s pants.


46 posted on 09/05/2013 3:39:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: clintonh8r

Well, at least it’s out in the open that you despise the Constitution and the Founding Fathers.


47 posted on 09/05/2013 6:36:30 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Ann Archy

Follow the money!


48 posted on 09/05/2013 8:02:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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