Tribute to the troops
General Dempsey's Memorial Day message
- Duration 5:53
- Date May 28, 2012
General Dempsey's Memorial Day message
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Quarterback -- -- Syria.
In news President Obama is calling on Russia in a bid to help -- -- What is the US taking the appropriate steps.
In dealing with the Syria unrest and the suburbs for joining us out weigh in on this -- general Martin -- nice to see you on this Memorial -- sir thank you for waking up and getting up early with -- on this day thank you.
Good morning it's actually -- late morning from I was gonna say it.
The military air -- up well before -- rob.
All of let's play some sound from Senator John McCain who's been critical of the united -- his actions against Syria take a listen.
It's really an abdication.
-- everything that America stands for and believes him.
And on Memorial Day we should be especially moved by this.
And -- inaction.
And failure to assert American leadership.
It seems like in general there's a lot of talk going on right now -- this weekend of course we saw the atrocities there with those children being killed.
By the Syrian forces is that it is it.
Time to take action enough talking -- Well you know that my job is as the senior military leader Americans to provide the president options.
-- and political decisions taken.
And I think that.
-- events or we -- are absolutely atrocious and I I frankly believe the international community I think the pressure has to be mounting on the side.
And should continue to -- to mount on the side.
And if asked for those options at some point I'll be prepared to provide them.
It is a military option -- house.
Well of course and in the military there -- always a military option but.
That military option should always be wielded carefully.
Because one -- -- thing we've learned about war I have learned personally about war.
Is that it has had a dynamic all its own it takes on a life fall itself.
And so yellowish on military leaders to be somewhat cautious about the use of force because we're never entirely sure what comes out on the other side.
But that's set that made it may come to a point with Syria because of the -- and.
General when you look at data and talking -- this military option do you look to Libya as a marker for success there and be able to say it and it worked in Libya -- the two go hand in hand -- do you have.
Different ideas on the table.
Well I think that it's always very risky to.
Apply a template.
To any particular conflict as we've learned again.
Questions throughout history right I'm sure there there are some things that we didn't Libya that could be applicable in a serious environment are serious scenario.
But I'm very cautious about templates and.
Are moving now to Afghanistan Leon Panetta -- secretary on Sunday criticizing.
What Mitt Romney has been saying on the campaign -- regarding our withdrawal listens.
The only way to get this accomplished in terms of the transition that we have to go through.
Used to be able to set the kind of time lines that have been set here in order to ensure that we fulfill the mission.
Of an Afghanistan that governs in secures itself.
The secretary of defense says this withdrawal is working will it work long term.
Well I think that a couple of things in reaction to that I mean with the objectives of land of the Lisbon the Lisbon summit.
Full transition at the -- -- -- fourteen remain in effect.
And what you've seen the leaders of -- NATO do and Chicago is decide that they needed a milestone and Tony thirteen.
To pull them toward -- and so the milestone -- thirteen involves us transitioning.
Security responsibility to the Afghans which by the way is the only way this issue is ever resolved is there's a point at which the Afghan security forces.
Can take responsibility.
John Allen the commander in I staff and international security for Afghanistan forces.
Is responsible for doing periodic reviews about how that progress is going and one other point.
The other point is that we've got now a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan that -- ourselves to a longer term presence beyond fourteen.
The framework of which will be established over the last year.
And one of the sticking points of course with some guests on the show yesterday pointing out the Pakistan perhaps the biggest international concern perhaps more so than Iran with 100 nuclear warheads.
Trained on that region and of course everything that unfolded as it related to this doctor whom is now being held by Pakistan for upwards of 33 years and his.
About working with the United States and the international community to try to bring Osama bin Laden to justice here is secretary Panetta on that issue we'll get you to respond.
It's it is so difficult to understand and so disturbing.
That they would get sentenced this doctor to 33 years.
For helping in the search for the most notorious.
In our times.
This this doctor was not working against Pakistan.
He was working against al-Qaeda.
Your thoughts on that.
Incredible I can't you know it's just -- can imagine what they did it's probably some tribal court.
I certainly hope there's an apple -- level court that -- deal with it -- And our message today chairman on Memorial Day.
Well my messages if you families in America thankfully had the experience of the tragic experience of being handed a folded flag.
Because of the louse of a loved one who's been killed or died in combat.
And so I want to make sure that -- I remind myself and that we remind ourselves.
That today is really about memorializing those who have died in the service of their country and who have made us who we are.