Joint Chiefs Chair to Congress: More Intelligence Needed for Iraq Air Strikes

Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:16am

The Guardian reports that “as Baghdad awaits Barack Obama’s decision on air strikes against the jihadist army conquering much of Iraq, the senior US military officer suggested that the US still lacks sufficient intelligence to take action.”  

“Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that “until we can clarify this intelligence picture” the US would have difficulty knowing who it would be attacking from the air, indicating military as well as political reluctance to any return to the skies above Iraq.”  

“‘It’s not as easy as looking at an iPhone video of a convoy and then striking it,’ Dempsey told a Senate appropriations subcommittee as he and defense secretary Chuck Hagel focused far more on the limits of what the US can accomplish in Iraq than the possibilities. Both sounded far less urgent than Iraqi leaders.”