Can White House do more in Syria?
Sen. McCain slams 'shameful' lack of leadership
- Duration 5:27
- Date Jul 9, 2012
Sen. McCain slams 'shameful' lack of leadership
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Hillary Clinton's secretary of state now saying the days are numbered for the regime of Syrian president Bashir aside it.
Reports that down more than 171000.
People have been killed and Syrian violence that's according to some of the opposition groups working on the ground -- there and now.
Senator John McCain saying the White House can do more.
My question as to the secretary of state.
And the present United States is how many more have to die before.
We take action to help these people.
With other relationship and I don't mean American boots on the ground it's shameful.
The total lack of leadership that the United States has displayed for the last fourteen months -- -- -- was the use where he uses Mike Baker former CIA Covert operations officer president.
Up diligence LLC that's a global intelligence and security firm and good morning to you -- -- first take that -- change.
Does he talk like that at this point.
-- -- -- -- I mean he's alluded to -- is discussed I think into the fact that he thought the did the efforts so far -- been.
Lacking and and somewhat pathetic but I you know going up now and calling that the administration's response an effort to date shameful I think it's.
It's it's all part and parcel what he's been saying he's been consistent -- what you guys did this wasn't just President Obama this was Hillary Clinton right right well she's representing you know the Obama administration in a foreign policy.
There's there's a lot of confusion over Syria at this point but do from I think our allies and certainly the American public.
Because we have the recent example of Libya.
And we ran into Libya almost -- before we get we realized what was happening.
And there are people saying well where are critical interests in Libya what we really didn't happen but we had a lot of pressure from the French at times in particular who had oil and gas interest in Libya.
-- didn't have any.
Any serious allies they didn't have a repeat only strong military defense capability it was East Coast West Coast New -- -- trap on the right -- on the left much easier left Syria obviously Russia and Iran.
And you know they've got a very -- capable military thanks to Russia and Iran and in China in part.
But -- we went into Libya and this is where the confusion as we went in the Libya because we wanted to protect the Libyan population from potential slaughter by Qaddafi well you -- you know if you put that out there have been and you look at what's been happening in Syria and our lack of response or after it.
Even in the margins earned the sideline I don't see -- changing her position to you I mean Hillary Clinton said -- -- days are numbered.
I think that was spoken a month ago rivalries come on social or how does every time she says six part of that right where they've been saying for sometime how the other days are -- apparently they're not numbered.
-- -- that the number of Syrian casualties are numbered.
And those are in the thousands and thousands even if you you taken with a grain of salt some of the opposition statistics.
You're talking about you know 101012141000.
Since the past fourteen months or so when this thing really started to get ugly what their -- -- breaking news today that Russia says it was suspended shipment of airplanes jet fighters in this area until.
Another period worry it is not as unstable I believe is the word that was used in the report because -- -- that's a big impression of -- question to you baker are are are you went to school that says if you bring down Assad regime.
That you not only change.
The future for Syria but you hurt Iran.
And ultimately you may damage its intentions to go nuclear -- the -- yeah I I I I don't know let's I wanna draw a straight line to their nuclear capability I mean that's that's -- down the road and any serious deals -- -- living and dying and in terms of being in charge of the Syrian regime is loosely connected directly.
However Iran has tremendous interest in seeing a side stay in power.
-- looking to do what we should be doing with the leadership of this administration should have been doing is working with our allies particularly the Turks the saudis who would be I think quite happy to be conduits for our.
Weapons support our logistical support a communications assistance.
You know we don't wanna put boots on the grounds and McCain was very clear about baton and the entire you know American population -- -- -- through Saudi Arabia -- cutter that Turkey -- been very forward leaning and all of us and those to be very close -- want to bring it back to a senator McCain's of the top of our segment here.
How many more have to die before we take actions and words -- sounds like John Kerry.
In front of the house can write and -- and but you look at some of the other incidents that we've had in in relatively recent history and you look at at.
Afterwards when we could've stepped in we could've done something and again.
You know we're working with -- because the allies are already out there and they're making an ass and what we when we provide we provide intelligence support and we -- all the other support.
In the margins we don't have to put boots on the ground to do this and the current administration has been willing to stand by an originally.
Hillary Clinton and others were saying -- aside as a person I think we can work with I think he's gonna be reasonable you know western educated I think we'll stepped up a Scott's father with a butcher a -- himself as -- -- nobody has more blood on his hands on the Middle East.
You know he and he's he's a well known quantity for some reason this car demonstration thoughts on how he was going to be reasonable.
And we'll peacefully stepped down and he has it has been fourteen months he's still killing his own citizens and as we sit here today fourteen months later.
There is -- and Mike Baker thank you for your thinking it.