Russia, China shoot down UN resolution on Syria
Sen. Graham: UN 'ceded its moral authority,' US 'should act'
- Duration 6:14
- Date Jul 19, 2012
Sen. Graham: UN 'ceded its moral authority,' US 'should act'
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-- that's our top story today the violence spiraling out of control.
In Syria yeah.
Amateur video there showing fighting raging in the capital city of Damascus.
As president decides regime is still reels from the bombing that killed his security chiefs.
Syria's state run news agencies are now reporting that the president president aside.
Attended the swearing in ceremony -- -- defense minister today this amid some concerns is that rumors quite frankly that the president wasn't hiding.
But his government's forces those forces are not backing down launching attacks against the rebels and apparently against the civilians as well.
All this is the UN tries to put pressure on the -- regime to withdraw troops and weapons but as we just reported to -- the resolution went down in defeat today.
I -- not much coming from the UN at least at this time what should our role be.
As America joining us senator Lindsey Graham a Republican from South Carolina.
And a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee also like to mention an air force -- is one of the act if you lawmakers it's still serving -- -- -- to -- senator Graham nice to have you with us today.
Thank you then we continue to hear that the window for diplomacy.
Is quickly closing.
Not what is our next step our country next step in Syria.
Well number one we should not be surprised that the Russian autocratic dictatorship.
Doesn't embrace the air spring and Chinese Communist dictator dictatorships this.
Not a fan of replacing other dictators what should we -- we should be on the -- setting history.
We should help arm the rebels have trained them of the coalition.
Arab countries Turkey.
We should be part of a Coalition of the Willing to establish a no fly no drive zone to kill the people from the -- very.
Activity -- -- side he's going to go.
-- -- get to know that people are going to replace him we should be with them -- their darkest hour resident observing history.
We should help mold history.
This played this very -- in the city -- on administration has played this very poorly but do you think perhaps were doing some of that overtly.
Now I don't think we're doing -- we don't need to be Covert the last thing in the world America needs to do was hide from leadership.
That's what it drives me nuts we you know where the voice of freedom.
Left in the world where the champion.
People's right to live free.
And in dignity and I don't wanna be Covert about it I wanna be over.
All my country our country to stand against the torture in the murder and the slaughter.
And this in our national security interest to get it aside out sooner rather than later -- -- -- Iran is watching what we're doing.
If you could take -- side down through an international coalition led by the United States navy Iranians would take this more seriously I don't wanna be Covert at all about this.
Us did you see an image near -- in stat report in the Wall Street Journal out today I says that there's incredible pressure on Iran.
And also on Hezbollah -- a terrorist group in Austin -- sponsor of terror being Iran.
It pressure from the air world to engage the opposition quite frankly and we should point -- -- -- is that Iran has been a side's best friends.
In the region.
So this is very interesting to see here -- Iran's foreign ministers say.
That he would like to sit down.
With the opposition not -- not a strong signal to a friend there in -- side.
What about that automatically go about doing that -- -- -- -- front line.
They were in front of the Iran and.
One number one the Iranians are.
That primary supporter of -- side they have a Ronnie and.
People on the ground her helping -- side you got a Russian naval base.
The people who are gonna take over after -- we'll never concede consider are Ron their friends they're not.
If you could take aside down Hezbollah which is trying to destabilize.
Lebanon and create Havoc against Israel suffered some money -- So no one in Syria sees Iran is their friend and this is a joke even consider that he should sit down with the people who are helping the -- murder you.
The most that he they could be your friend they're not gonna be your friend and what's disappointing for me is that the people are gonna take over Syria this is inevitable.
Need to see us as an ally and -- friend and right now we're just sitting on the sidelines and -- a lot more and should.
You know we were to show -- some photos of a young children in -- street in Syria and we also have to think about you know are young children at home as well what's protecting America.
From the spread of chemical weapons.
From inside Syria because we know that they do have -- what's protecting us from that from those chemical while looking out.
Vaccines are going to be filled the UN Security Council today is is.
Is seated it's moral authority to have a say in this now wishes that go around -- go around China.
And this is not you know there -- plenty of places for people being murdered and tortured.
We can't change everything in the world but we sure can change Syria.
And if we change -- a positive way it helps us with -- -- which is a huge threat.
And it helps the region as a whole so we need to get in there quickly and control these well.
Really quickly apparently of about thirty seconds but do we have to do that with NATO because we saw that model in Libya.
Is that something we should repeat here in Syria or it's purely as a loan.
We should check now we're not gonna go longer play any Turkey -- -- -- air factors whenever I've loved for NATO help but if they don't we should get a Coalition of the Willing.
To create a no fly zone no drive zone and the start arming the rebels can be a leader in bringing -- side down rather than that observer.
And mold the future of Syria backed content.
By getting to know the people now when they need us the most I think this is a huge opportunity.
To change the region for the better.
And no longer we wait the more people die and the left standing we have sixteen months now.
Senator Graham thanks happy today thank you for the time --