Gen. Dempsey Arrives in Afghanistan; Talks to Fox News' Jennifer Griffin About Iran and Israel
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan to meet top United States commanders. Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin traveled with him and in an exclusive interview, discussed issues including the killings of US troops by Afghanistan officers that they were helping to train.
Reporting from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Griffin reported that they had received word of another attack by an Afghan wearing a police uniform and killing a US service member. Gen. Dempsey said he believes President Hamid Karzai could be doing more to stop such attacks. He told Griffin, “I think that as the leader of the nation, as the head of state, his statement was extraordinarily important. What I would expect to see is that that would be echoed down to the lowest levels.”
He expressed concern about the increased efforts by Iran to establish militias in Syria.
Israeli media reacted angrily after Gen. Dempsey said last week that Israel could not destroy Iran’s nuclear program on its own. He responded in the interview and clarified, “I don’t give policy proclamations. I was saying that militarily, based on what I knew and I again I said right from the start, I don’t know their plan, if they have a plan and I don’t know all of their capabilities … based on what I knew I thought they would be capable of delaying a nuclear program but not preventing it.”