Obama administration's handling of Syria and Iran
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:34
- Date Apr 23, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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National sovereignty is never a license.
To slaughter people.
Despite all the tanks and all the snipers.
All -- the torture and brutality unleashed against them the Syrian people still brave the streets.
There's still demand to be heard they still seek their dignity.
Certain people have not given up.
Which is why we cannot give up.
And so -- allies and partners we will keep increasing the pressure.
The diplomatic effort to further isolate Assad and his -- To those who stick with us -- note that they are making -- losing bat.
-- Obama the holocaust museum today.
Saying that he signed an executive -- or order authorizing.
Sanctions against the Syrian government and Iran for use of technology.
-- dissenters in either one of those countries.
There's been a lot of talk about Syria and what's not being done Senator John McCain saying this administration has not gone far far enough.
Writing in a statement quote ultimately ending violations of conscience.
A requires the political will and moral courage of world leaders especially the president United States.
Unfortunately that will and leadership are lacking in the case of Syria today we're back with panel.
Charles let's start on Syria the fort presents talking today and what's happening or not happen.
Well remember of them went to Libya thing happen Obama and initiated.
To the world a grand doctrine of duty to protect.
And under that he belatedly.
Brought America into war because of the threats that Gadhafi have made the threats to the people -- -- guys.
Well that -- that was only hypothetical Ballard threats that was -- that might happen in the future in Syria have been watching for a year.
-- -- -- hypothetical it's not helping -- features happening now 111000.
Dead in front of our eyes indiscriminate shelling cities.
He hasn't lifted a finger he gives a lot of good speeches he says that we can't stand idly divide what did you do stand idly by.
And -- -- announced today at the holocaust museum he would be establishing an atrocities prevention and board.
Now imagine that the Russians are supplying -- those -- weapons every day.
The Iranians are supplying weaponry and finances and trainers in the United States of America the greatest power -- -- which apparently has a duty to protect.
Is establishing an atrocity prevention of what board in the White House -- -- it's gotten represented from all the agencies.
Well this really is gonna make a difference I mean it's embarrassing but do you think that the political will to do something -- if you're not gonna do it.
Then don't speak about it and don't pretend that America has -- a matter of kind of conscience it can't stand by he has to say.
Never again and you do it in the museum of of the Holocaust and you announce the creation of of the -- You do nothing if that's what what you're gonna do but the -- and pretend.
And have the smooth rhetoric and pretend that the police somehow or defending or putting pressure on the regime.
Is ridiculous we haven't lifted a finger and if you aren't going to.
Then be quiet part was stark today the president was introduced by Nobel laureate holocaust survivor in the -- -- At the holocaust museum historians.
So in -- he made us.
Have you learned anything from it.
If so how is it that Assad this did -- You must know.
That that people.
Have some follow up.
-- -- -- -- Preventive -- -- important.
They must use those measures to prevent another good test of.
-- that was the intro to the pressed.
But this is really hard the you know at the White House I've been in briefings when they've been asked the question look you did it in Libya.
What's the difference he was he was he's now shelling cities where where Qaddafi was just promising to are threatening to.
And they say look there was an international coalition that was willing to go in and provide air cover and and do airstrikes in Libya and has not won here in other words he doesn't have the international support there's not.
A groundswell of of public opinion in the United States you don't hear Mitt Romney or Republicans.
Other than John McCain and maybe you know if you let immigrant I was in -- well I think you.
I I don't know him -- -- Grand -- I think there was more support for it.
And they west that it was our leadership either existing or announcer it doesn't.
Americans don't clamored to go to war Fred you know I I agree look if you want to have a if you -- -- have a coalition organizer coalition you have to lead.
In that direction the president talked in his speech today about the legal effort -- humanitarian effort the diplomatic effort.
The truth is but he needs to be a lot of leadership and their needs to be a bit of a military effort.
Nobody wants to put American troops on the ground -- NATO troops but you can create a no fly zone.
The same thing we did in Iraq after the first gulf war and save thousands and thousands of lives.
And it can have an area where where arms if they're being sent to the -- -- and rebels could go when you can get the man.
-- sit down the line to something like that happen.
Not under this administration.
I think eventually something like that could happen.
I don't know -- I think Obama talks about it.
But are mentioned he wants to touch it and anyway.
And he's given the Russians in need to over because he requires Security Council support the rest is have a veto which he's anytime the Russians -- -- -- -- dictator.
It's done and he supported.