Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Monday that U.S. military intervention in Syria should be considered. According to Politico:
Gen. Dempsey told CNN’s “Starting Point” that while he would prefer for the international community to find ways to pressure President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, the use of military force is always on the table. On Friday, 108 people were killed and 300 were injured in a massacre in Syria that sparked international outrage.
“I think the military option should be considered and I think that, but my preference of course always as the senior military leader would be that the international community can find ways of increasing the pressure on Assad to do the right thing and step aside,” he said on CNN. “But of course, we always have to provide military options, and they should be considered.”
Dempsey, the president’s top military adviser, also told CBS’s “This Morning” on Monday that he found the events in Syria “just horrific. Atrocious, really. I expect that the international community, that pressure will mount.”