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The battle for allowed those Syrian rebels outnumbered and outgunned showing no signs of giving -- as government forces lay waste to Syria's largest city and commercial hub.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta right now on a five day tour of the mideast calling the violence in the destruction.
A clear sign that the four decade dictatorship is coming -- minutes.
It's pretty clear that.
-- -- -- is it.
I think another.
Kind of indiscriminate.
The Asad regime.
As a committed against its own people.
And in many ways.
I think -- If they continue this.
This in -- of tragic attack.
On their own people.
At a level.
I think give bill ultimately will be a nail and besides -- Yes he he -- of helicopter gunships specifically.
A Peter Brookes former CIA officer and senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation joins us now with some more insight thanks for joining us.
Good morning it's not like you have first of all how is what Panetta saying now any different of what -- said in the past.
I agree with you I mean it the question is does that make in Allen -- -- coffin but when.
I mean it's -- -- -- not from a seventeen months 20000 people dead there's no end in sight from what I can tell so.
He he said this this has been said before but I don't see anything really new in what he said where's the beef -- get a lot of research this morning trying to find something different and I couldn't.
What different can be a bomb in the administration or should be -- -- administration be doing right now.
Heather my real concern is is what I'm hearing from the region is that the islamists are getting the bulk of the support.
So what really happened the issue here is that -- the -- -- probably fall we don't know when we don't know how many deaths will be but what comes afterwards we need something we need a government we need a a situation that's it protects an advance American interest in that part of the world.
A series of very important country my concern -- that the islamists -- getting the bulk of the support from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar and -- gonna -- potentially an anti American regime after aside so I don't know things are going to be that much better so the -- you what we should be doing is exerting American leadership which should stop outsourcing our foreign policy to the UN that's been totally.
Totally fact -- we should try to identify.
A a a group of individuals in the resistance that support our ideals and support American interest that are going to be friendly to us.
And then find a way to get them to get rid of this regime we need American leadership here so I I think we've been very much sitting on our hands and of course that these are just happening and -- we -- -- -- be able to shape Syria's future is answer military intervention you know we have more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and we have last -- he had divisive political debate.
Over Libya and then we have you know a possible Israeli attack in Iran people are war bleary.
Is the answer military intervention.
I'm not calling for American boots on the ground.
-- but there are people there are fighting right now that I think well like I said we've waited so long we're so far behind the power curve in organizing -- resistance to the Asad regime that it's almost I don't know we can actually do it I was very disturbed.
To hear last week it in the newspapers are read in the newspapers about how the intelligence community doesn't quite have their arms around what's going on -- on -- serious I'm not calling for American intervention but we could potentially if we find the right people provide intelligence provides.
Patients here and even at arms if we feel like these people weakened back.
We don't have to send American troops into into Syria.
Right -- and when you look at those images of all those little children there and Syria.
The images that I don't think any of us can forget that something has to be done thank you so much we appreciate you joining us and I'm Heather and.
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