The White House today reeled in statements over the weekend by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey that suggested the United States might be moving closer to military intervention against Syria.
“We do not believe that further military action” would be helpful, said White House press Secretary Jay Carney, arguing the “further carnage could result.
Carney even evinced trepidation about others arming the rebels. “Further militarization of this situation in Syria could lead to further chaos,” Carney said. “Our position right now is to provide non-lethal assistance” to the rebels.
Dempsey, appearing on Fox News Sunday, had indicated that the recent massacre of more than 100 Syrian civilians by the government had pushed the United States to a point where its patience with non-military action might run out.
“You’ll always find military leaders to be somewhat cautious about the use of force, because we’re never entirely sure what comes out on the other side,” he said. “But that said, it may come to a point with Syria because of the atrocities.”