In London of all places, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey today escalated his organizing against launching military attacks on Syria and Iran. Dempsey was ostensibly there for the opening of the Paralympics games, but obviously took advantage of that opportunity to consult with the military institution in Britain on straitjacketing Barack Obama and the Royal Family on their drive for war in Syria and Iran and, ultimately, thermonuclear war against Russia and China. Col. David Lapan, Dempsey's spokesman, confirmed to EIR via e-mail, that while in London, Dempsey had private meetings with British military and defense officials. His organizing was reflected in his public comments, which are his strongest against military intervention to date.
In remarks reported by the Guardian and the Independent, Dempsey contradicted the threat against Syria made by Obama last week, which was endorsed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. At one point, the Independent's headline for the story was, "Obama wrong over Syria action, Says Top General." Later, the Independent used that phrase as a "tag" on its electronic front page, pointing to the story.
Dempsey said that comparisons made between Libya and Syria are, at best, a source of "amusement," and that while there have been discussions of establishing "refugee zones" inside Turkey and Jordan, there have been "none that I am aware of" of establishing such zones in Syria. He noted that the Turkish military leadership has stressed that setting up any security buffer zones inside Syria is a task for NATO, and not for any individual country. Besides, if NATO went ahead with a no-fly zone or a no-drive zone inside Syria, it would have to take responsibility for protecting it. "If you are tasked to protect it you have to look at those who might seek to attack it or to influence it and that could take you, depending on weapons systems, it could take you to a limited no-fly zone,— it could take you to the point of having to interdict air and ballistic missile systems," he said.
Similarly on Iran, Dempsey counseled against an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program, which was interpreted by many press outlets as meaning, "If you [that is, Israel] attack Iran, we won't have your back covered." He said that an Israeli attack on Iran would have broad consequences in a highly volatile region, and he added that he had not asked for advanced notification of such an attack, in part because "I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it." While he said he doesn't know Iran's intentions regarding its nuclear program, because intelligence doesn't reveal such things, he said that an international coalition has been applying diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran but that coalition "could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely." He also repeated what he had said a couple of weeks ago in the Pentagon briefing room, that Israel could delay Iran's nuclear program but not destroy it, adding that there's no guarantee that a military strike would end Iran's nuclear ambitions. "There are now economic sanctions in place which are being effective; the international community may achieve its aims without military action," he said.
Afterwards he went on to Dublin for the American football exhibition game between Notre Dame and Navy.
In an exclusive interview with state-owned RTÉ news, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made clear that there were "no plans at the moment for U.S. military intervention in Syria." He said the U.S. had learned lessons from their involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and had adapted with different outcomes. General Dempsey said they had learned "the importance of protecting people ... as well as diplomatic and military strategy."
When asked how close he is currently to President Obama, he quipped "Right now? I'm about an ocean away." And in response to a follow-up question from the interviewer as to whether he expects to see Obama as president next year, Demspey responded simply "Military men don't comment on politics."
RTÉ stressed Dempsey's "strong Irish connections". They said "All his grandparents were born in Ireland and he learned some Irish while on holidays as a youngster in Mayo. He wrote his Master's thesis on Irish literature, and has a passion for Irish music."