US, Russia remain far apart over Syria resolution
What is the best path forward?
- Duration 4:49
- Date Jun 21, 2012
What is the best path forward?
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My word today and who is behind arming the conflict in Syria sources confirming to Fox News -- CIA is providing intelligence to our allies.
To help direct weapons opposition fighters this while Russia provides support -- -- regime.
Bizarre part of growing tensions between.
The US and Russia president making it clear during the G-20 summit in Mexico that he and President -- Remain far apart when it comes to finding a resolution for the violence in Syria.
I wouldn't suggests that.
At this point the United States and the rest of the international community are aligned -- Russia and China.
In their positions but I do think they recognize us.
The grave dangers all out civil war.
In the meantime secretary of state Hillary Clinton looking be on some of these differences that are coming up with Syria.
I had to find areas as she says that we should consider to agree upon Secretary Clinton writing this editorial in the Wall Street Journal that was.
Calling on congress to extend permanent normal trading relations to -- -- she argues.
The move is in our long term strategic interest in it would expand US exports.
And create more jobs here in America has an interesting argument on the economy while we're -- -- taking a look at some of these international issues.
Peter Brooks -- senior fellow for national security affairs.
At the heritage foundations of Peter let's start first with this satin.
This news on the CIA and they -- directly from the New York Times wrote that.
An article about the CIA.
Helping Turkey with intelligence issues and they say here the CIA officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks.
And part to help keep weapons out of the hands fighters allied with al-Qaeda or -- terrorist groups is that even possible.
What's very difficult I I would say my first reaction -- was is that just a few weeks.
I mean it seems like you know this -- been going -- for fifteen months my hope is is that they've been there for a long time I mean one of the challenges that is is gaining intelligence and five figure out who the opposition really is.
Are -- other bad -- Actors among these groups there's they're saying there's more than a hundred militia so I think it's really important that we have people on the ground in the region not necessarily in Syria.
-- they are trying to collect intelligence so our policy makers can make the best decisions.
Possibly the other reports -- -- is that that groups like Syria's Muslim Brotherhood.
We have groups out of Saudi Arabia.
Out of Turkey as well which we just mentioned that are funneling money and weapons into the opposition.
And Peter I know these reports had to deal with intelligence and intelligence gathering and doing some research for some of these other people that are funneling money.
-- -- Out in front though if we really want to overthrow the regime.
Should we be the -- taking control here and providing money and providing weapons and that's what it's gonna take.
Well I mean I'm I'm not disappointed that it's in the paper frankly because I just think this is very very sensitive.
Operations that are going on it puts our folks -- in harm's way that it's out in the news.
-- -- you know I think we need to try to shape the environment if we're really serious about getting rid of this regime we need to be able to understand who we're dealing with this is critically important.
Forest -- to understand that.
Then we should understand we should make decisions about what we want to funnel them whether it's information.
Whether it's intelligence and are these people we can deal with and then of course down the road whether we would want to fight give them weapons now some members of congress are calling for that some -- calling for a no fly zone there's a lot of things at stake here but that it all starts with understanding the situation on the ground.
In Syria and I'm not sure that we really have a firm grasp of that at this.
That's what kind of question is seems that there is a proxy war going on -- Saudi Arabia and Bob you have -- got involved -- -- side -- -- -- -- Hillary Clinton saying listen -- -- -- time.
To engage Russia economically because -- the benefit us as a country but.
-- is supporting the guys that we don't like so what do you think about that and general Peter is it is it wise to engage your country.
On the economy with the hope to set maybe they'll come -- to your site and other issues.
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The relationship is tough.
And it it doesn't look to be getting better in the future with with Moscow timing is everything as -- -- -- Peter we're going to be talking more about this I'm -- thank you so much.