Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey says that “the application of force rarely produces and, in fact, maybe never produces, the outcome that we seek.” Here Cato Institute’s defines the Dempsey message while highlighting the supposed credibility problem caused by President Obama. Chris concludes that Syrian violence will end only when the warring factions are willing to compromise for peace. But that is unlikely to happen anytime soon with or without U.S. involvement.
This month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told ABC that “the application of force rarely produces and, in fact, maybe never produces, the outcome that we seek.” More recently, Dempsey explained that military leaders were “realistic about the cost we incur in blood and treasure when we apply the military instrument of national power, and … pragmatic about the limits of military force.”
While the president no doubt has many people advising him to intervene, he should listen to his senior military adviser and the American people, and keep U.S. military personnel focused on those essential missions that they can accomplish, and that might actually advance U.S. security.