Debate over global policy in Syria
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:43
- Date Apr 19, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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We are reviewing and planning.
For a range of additional measures.
That may be necessary.
To protect the Syrian people.
By acting along these lines.
We are increasing pressure on the Asad regime every day.
Make no mistake.
One way or another this regime.
Will ultimately meet its end.
Talking about Syria there -- the bombing.
The violence continues an estimated 9000 Syrians have been killed by.
President Bashar Al -- forces so far 230000.
The friends of Syria these are fourteen nations not including China and Russia met in Paris today to find out a way that.
Enforce the cease fire that's not being in force now or topple the regime but one thing was clear.
Up on Capitol Hill today from the Defense Secretary.
At this point in time congressman.
Decision is that we will not have any boots on the ground.
And that we will not act unilaterally and that in that part of the world.
Lot of talk about what the US will or won't do about Syria back with the panel.
-- When the senator -- says make no mistake about it one way or another.
The regime will meet its -- well it -- in fifty years but then he follows -- and says we're gonna do nothing.
You look at the conference in Paris of the fourteen so go through friends of Syria they're doing nothing -- good lord doing stuff is the Russians who are supplying.
The weapons with which -- -- of slaughtering his people in Iraq as well as smokeless Hezbollah the look what's our objective.
Stopping of the fighting for getting rid of the regime.
What all the UN peacekeepers are doing is giving legitimacy.
And cover for the ongoing war.
It doesn't stop the -- and the shelling is going on.
And it's a way to actually to prevent any intervention from the outside.
I think what our policy ought to be and I do -- understand why it's not.
He's to provide support for the rebels to arm the rebels to train the rebels.
Probably in the refugees.
In the refugee settlements in Turkey -- -- would be on our side.
But to stand around and say -- the regime ultimately.
Collapse is empty and it's really almost a dishonorable when that lifting a finger.
Maybe that professor -- said today the US could be a part of a coalition.
As if to use force but so far there's -- a sense -- that's even in the works right now.
No and there's not.
There's just not the will hit within the administration if you talk to people who are familiar with her thinking.
To arm the rebels because the opposition because there -- disparate groups of people who have.
Potential terrorist connections and they don't know enough and if they're in vain rather proceed with caution and to embrace some so.
Senators Graham and and and McCain and others advocating.
-- This you know helping the opposition NN and hoping for a similar models Libya.
It's that -- -- regime is much more resilient and have a much more strong.
-- military capability.
It is true that the cease fire is a joke to buy them time and they want pretty much control of themselves it's not working and went.
Didn't -- -- out of the secretary of state says from friends of Syria you know what we -- we're looking at other options -- really not a lot of options unless there is going to be this collective military.
Operation and it just doesn't look like bats.
On the table at all -- Syria if if this is true is buying time with this cease fire Iran.
According to the Israelis and others here in the US buying time with these -- nuclear talks.
And then hit a shot and particulars is looking out of the landscape and looking at what Qaddafi went through and said look this guy sat here for six months and it and would still be there if not for the air assaulted by NATO.
Aside has -- China and Russia in his pocket he's got the military.
I Indians in this you know.
I cease fire and -- UN observers.
Is a step to keep some sort of semblance of peace I guess even though it's only 300 observers are talking on this this huge country.
But -- where where do you go from there I mean you know maybe talks about it and I think rightly so they're approaching this with caution you don't want and jump into this -- fairly messy situation.
But that but there is stated terms since last August is to get rid of this regime and I -- you're not gonna do that -- UN and observing an observer troops.
He'll be much more on this story that's it for this.