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But the new information on how the United States -- respond to the crisis in Syria had this after the nation's top military officer outlined five different options.
The chairman of the joint -- -- staff general Martin Dempsey revealing the scenarios.
For assisting a rebels in a letter he sent it after taking heat from Senator John McCain.
For not giving his precise opinion.
I'm using military force.
In Syria our national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is live at the Pentagon she just got -- speaking with John McCain's rating gets his comments brand new -- from just a moment -- but if you could it.
He -- walk us through a general Dempsey said an.
And what he mapped out as far as military options.
Sherri Jenna as some have described it as five no good options here's what the chairman of the joint chiefs outlined in its letter.
To the senate armed services chairman number one train advise and assist the opposition that he estimates would cost.
At least 500 million dollars per year initially.
Number two limited standoff strikes hundreds of aircraft ships submarines and other enablers the costs would be in the billions according to Dempsey.
Number three establish a no fly zone estimated costs are 500 million dollars initially.
Averaging as much as a billion dollars per month over the course of the year.
It may also failed to reduce the violence -- shift the momentum of court according to the chairman of the joint chiefs.
Then number four establish buffer zones thousands of US ground forces would be needed.
Number five control chemical weapons thousands of special operations forces.
And other ground forces would be needed to assault and secure critical sites cost could also averaged well over one billion dollars per month.
The chairman also added that in order to have moved resource -- to Syria to help the opposition.
He would likely have to pull some resources from other existing -- such as Afghanistan.
China and using a whole lot information -- what's the response from Senator John McCain.
Senator John McCain announced after receiving the letter seeing -- -- response that he would no longer block.
Or recommend to hold on general Dempsey is renomination as chairman of the joint chiefs which would give Dempsey a second two year term.
I don't know if it's dishonest it's certainly disingenuous.
And it certainly.
Not not something that.
That is based on facts the American military's capabilities.
And the nature of the threat.
Senator McCain said that there's a long history of pentagon generals when they don't want to enter a certain conflict to present options that are so outlandish.
That the American public as -- the president.
Would likely turn all of those options down.
Next story we'll continue to watch it Jennifer thank you.
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