US officials are weighing whether to use
military force in Syria, the top US military officer told Congress
Thursday when pressed about why more was not being done to end the
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said the use of "kinetic strikes" was under "deliberation inside ... our agencies of government."
The answer came in response to a question by Senator John McCain, an advocate of greater US involvement in Syria who sought to pressure Dempsey on his opinions on taking forcible military action in Syria.
"Senator, I am in favour of building a moderate opposition and supporting it," Dempsey said. "The question whether to support it with direct kinetic strikes" falls to President Barack Obama and other elected officials "not for the senior military leader of the nation."
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