General Odierno, US Army Chief of Staff, on Syria

I asked a question on Syria to General Odierno at Chatham House today (6.6.12):

On a practical level, what military resources would you say are needed to prevent the Syrian government targeting its own people?

Here is Odierno's paraphrased response.

"We need to focus on how do we solve this crisis without making it worse. Syria has much more capability than Libya, therefore we have to be very careful when considering intervention. I'm interested in the conflict prevention idea and what the impact will be on neighboring countries, I'm especially interested to see what the neighbors can do. It is a very complex problem and the issue will run and run. Important question to be answered about who the opposition are. This is one of the many factors that have to be resolved before political decisions are made going forward".


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