Wall Street Journal Presents Dempsey's Role in Stopping Obama's War on Syria
April 9, 2014 • 9:28AM

The Wall Street Journal published a detailed report on the open conflict between Gen. Martin Dempsey and Obama's foreign policy team regarding the demand for a war on Syria. The Journal, referencing unnamed sources at the Pentagon, says that Kerry is "pushing for the U.S. military to be more aggressive in supporting [Syria's] rebel forces," and that the "Opposition has come from the institution that would spearhead any such effort: the Pentagon. Mr. Kerry and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power have advocated options that range from an American military intervention to weaken the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to using U.S. special operations forces to train and equip a large number of rebel fighters."

However, it says, "In recent White House meetings, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have pushed back against military intervention, said senior officials. They say the risk is high of being dragged into an open-ended foreign entanglement." One source told the Journal: "If it weren't for the chairman, you would be right back in Iraq or Afghanistan."

The article says that Kerry has been convinced by the military to hold off on a military strike, due to the military concern that Assad would end the destruction of the chemical weapon stockpile, but that "Kerry has been huddling with retired generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane, architects of the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. The two generals have told Mr. Kerry they believe a military program to train and equip the Syrian rebels, and limited strikes to weaken Mr. Assad, could be effective, according to U.S. officials."

The report places the war drive on Obama: "The current debate erupted in January after the White House put back on the table several proposals developed over the past two years, including strike options that Mr. Obama weighed late last summer to punish Mr. Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons, the officials said."