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Meanwhile Syrian president Bashar Assad ignoring calls by President Obama to step down.
So is this an example of the president's foreign policy.
Putting America's credibility at risk.
Willie Fraser former director of the FBI joins us now to talk about it welcome mr.
Good to be with you know we wanna get your response -- news overnight of course it's Syria saying no way we're not we're not having our leaders stepped down the state run newspaper there basically stepping in and saying now we see the face of this conspiracy the United States what do you say to this.
But it comes as no surprise unfortunately the United States has been very late knowing calling for his -- -- -- But it's another example of the growing increased the power of the Korean regime in the area.
And dangerous -- that Al-Maliki who is our president so to speak in Iraq.
Is the only leader in the area who was supporting -- -- so it shows a very dangerous trend continuing trend in the US a little late.
In getting to the issues.
-- the UN now estimates 2000 civilians have been killed by the Syrian regime.
You say this is leading from behind some say this is waiting for a consensus He did get Britain Germany -- -- number of world leaders behind that call for him to step down.
Is this jeopardizing.
The United States in terms of this this criticism that came from an Obama administration official to the New Yorker Magazine.
That we are leading from behind.
Well I I think it's I think it's.
Another example of it and if you look at the you know the whole context of the Arab spring -- was and Egypt or.
-- rain or other countries you know the US has always been late.
In getting there and getting connected to the young heroes on the street you know we're getting killed.
The numbers I think in Syria -- very conservative I think we will find out that there are.
Hundreds and hundreds of more deaths and more importantly.
Imprisonment torture and also the regime acting against Syrians around the world who were opposed the -- so.
In the US has not been in front of this and you know there are some foreign policy considerations.
Taking firm issues on.
Important critical matters but I think we've been very late in getting -- the game here.
There have been a lot of critics of course about the president's policy as it related to Egypt waiting so long to come out and speak in and speak with the opposition is hosting a bar of course -- long time -- -- ally in the region of the United States -- difficult situation to be clear.
Pakistan as well and other regions now of course Iran once again.
And there was a lot of criticism heaped on the White House for not joining in the Iranian revolution so to speak of a few years ago.
He's a White House missing another opportunity right now.
Well I think it is I think that done you know when we take gay wait and see.
Hands off approach as you have the you know the amount of killings the amount of four over the amount of commitment by particularly these very brave young men and women.
To stand in the background particularly with -- -- where the issues are very clear I think.
I think it's a mistake I think it's playing foreign policy.
In -- manner that is not consistent with the US leading liberty interest around the world.
Our former FBI director Louis -- we appreciate you being here good information.
Thank you very much plays and be with you got.
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