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Hi -- well it is the second day in a row that there have been extensive debates on Capitol Hill about whether the US military should intervene in Syria.
The pros and cons of military action to overthrow the Asad regime Senator John McCain has been leading the charge.
What doesn't make sense -- to take unilateral action at this point.
It's as secretary of defense.
Before I recommend.
That we put our sons and daughters.
In harm's way.
I've got -- make very sure that we know what the mission is.
I've got -- we've that got to make very sure that we know whether we can achieve that mission at what price.
And whether or not it'll make matters better or worse.
That was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in response to Senator John McCain asking how many more have to -- 101000 more 20000 more.
That the secretary Panetta warned against the US taking unilateral action.
He said there are no simple answers but left open the possibility of US military action.
Senator McCain tried to shame secretary -- into acting by making comparisons to Bosnia when secretary Panetta served.
In the Clinton administration and decided to act the chairman of the joint chiefs general Martin Dempsey warned about how serious terrain.
It's more complicated than that of Libya.
They have approximately five times more -- it more sophisticated air defense systems then.
Existed in Libya covering 15 of the terrain and all of their defenses are rated on their western border.
Which is their population centers so five times the air defense -- -- Libya.
A covering 15 the -- General Dempsey warns that.
Syria has 100 times the amount of chemical weapons in its stockpiles 100 times more than Libya.
And secretary Panetta warned that we don't know enough about the opposition -- US Intel reports on the Syrian opposition.
Are not clear and that arming the opposition at this point in time they are very concerned that those arms could end up in the hands of Hezbollah.
John that is a key point Jennifer thank you so much Jennifer Griffin today at the Pentagon.
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