Will US be forced to take unilateral action in Syria?
'Special Report' All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:18
- Date Jul 19, 2012
'Special Report' All-Star panel weighs in
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-- pure speculation of the status quo.
Is in no way static.
It is in fact a recipe.
For intensified conflict.
-- proxy war that could engulf the region this is the third time.
In ten months.
That two members.
Russia and China.
Have prevented this Security Council.
From responding credibly to the Syrian conflict.
The first two vetoes they cast.
Were very destructive.
This veto is even more dangerous.
The US ambassador to the United Nations today Susan Rice saying Russia and China with the Vito.
Essentially are killing more Syrians innocent Syrians.
That happening today at the UN meantime in Syria in fact that is what we're hearing on the ground more than 250.
-- according to human rights group at a Great Britain watching Syria what is the latest concern on the ground in Syrian words going back with the panel.
-- When you hear our spokesman of the UN speaking you realize -- our policy on this is getting weirder and we're.
Apart from being entirely empty all the words spoken -- denunciation impassioned denunciation.
Of Russia over that -- is okay but then at the same time.
The White House is releasing a readout of the discussion and Putin and on the phone with Obama.
In which they say the presidents agreed that there has to be XYZ of peaceful transition -- -- -- Why are we agreeing with the Russians on the one hand and then denouncing the with the UN at the other.
Why are we focused on the rest is why -- speaking about the Russians the Russians are anathema in Syria and the regime will fall.
Those people know that Russia has been working to kill them.
We at least have been on the sidelines or at least giving the rhetorical help.
Would we ought to be speaking with the Turks and the saudis and the Europeans speaking on our own and not with Russia in country with Russia.
I think that we are out tomorrow do you recognize the regime in Syria recognizes Syrian national council as legitimate government.
Announces supply of arms and work with them because the real issues who's going to emerge on top we wanna have influenced.
-- the rebels who I said yet seriously disorganized.
Today state run TV in -- -- Damascus Casey ran pictures of Bashar Assad swearing in a new.
A defense minister clearly showing trying to show that he still has a grasp after the decapitation bombing of his national security team.
But it looks like the violence is only increase.
It's just a question of how much but bloodshed we're gonna seed ten charles' -- about you know aside likely following what you're seeing is a real test of whether or not President Obama style of sort of behind the scenes maneuvering is actually -- achieve the goals that the US wants in this particular case.
And we're gonna see candidate Romney go over to Israel in the coming week.
Weeks and end we will see whether or not he is willing to really articulate a policy opposition to that.
-- -- Underlying background here is the concern over.
Chemical weapons that every intelligence agency says Syria has -- has moved around in recent days.
It's it's explosive yeah look I'm not I am concerned that we are not doing enough on on that issue and on this post decide regime.
By all accounts we are not ingratiating ourselves with the Syrian opposition and the manner that we should -- to the extent that we're working with the Syria opposition.
We're working with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood not exactly the kind of people who are likely to be able to influence in a post as a -- world.
Think if you know the big problem for the administration politically I don't think this is likely to be a big you know it's not likely to have come up in debates but.
This was an administration that campaigned on Smart power this is what they're supposed to do best and I think you can look at the Syrian that what's happened in Syria over the past 24 months.
Including the fact that we send an ambassador shortly before this fighting.
And say that it's been a failure of policy.
So what happens now what do you think the next -- look like I mean there are some people saying that the days of the Asad regime more.
A really numbered and we we had some analysts saying it could be hours but it seems like this push back with the killing of almost 300 people.
May have changed the dynamic well I think he's got nothing to lose at this point I mean this is the problem and we talked about this you know on I'm on Tuesday -- this could be this.
This hinge moment the question I think is whether Bashar Assad.
Is going to use chemical weapons is going to escalate what we've already seen across the country.
In sort of a desperate last ditch attempt to save himself that would be delusional if he -- it but he's shown himself to be delusional.
-- I think we have to also declared chemical weapons and if any are used.
Or if any were given to terrorist elements.
He Hezbollah -- will -- with an immediate question we actually got to leave it ambiguous.
It would either be the Israelis who would certainly act immediately if it went.
Into the hands of Hezbollah there's -- of the people I think he'll be a reason for the west to intervene immediately.