General Martin Dempsey says U.S. strikes in Syria won't be ''shock and awe,'' while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says more funding will be needed for war on Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday (September 16). "But it will be a persistent and sustainable campaign," General Martin Dempsey added while testifying before a Senate panel on Capitol Hill. He also defended President Barack Obama's plan to destroy Islamic State, but said he may suggest boots on the ground at a later date if necessary. "My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward -- I believe that will prove true. But if it fails to be true, and if there are threats to the United States, then of course, I would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces," he said. When asked about funding, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the current budget was not enough, but added that "the budget that we will be coming up here presenting, as you know, in a few months, will contain what we believe is going to be required to carry forward for the longer term."