Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee to report about military operations as well as the most important national security threats currently facing our nation.
It appears as if the priorities facing the nation, at least according to their diagnostics is not focused upon the Islamic State. Rather, the concerns are largely based upon the future of the Syrian government, Iran’s “malign influence,” as well as possible aggression undertaken by Russia and China.
As Dunford states, there appears to be no intention to share intelligence information with the Russians. This comes despite Carter’s call to work together to coordinate efforts.
After McCain argued that a no fly zone could be implemented without causing war, Dunford replied by saying, “Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”
Dunford also added that US backed forces alongside Turkey were making “great progress” alongside Syria’s Northern border.
He also added that he agrees with Sen. Lindsey Graham’s assertion that the two objectives for America in the region is to destroy ISIS and also to remove Assad.