Syrian regime claims gains in Aleppo, rebels deny
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer weighs in on the battle for this key city
- Duration 6:16
- Date Jul 30, 2012
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer weighs in on the battle for this key city
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-- like to thank you haven't thanks for being LFO looks like it is going to be a really significant battle in this eighteen month war that we've seen -- in Syria.
What is and I think it's that you're gonna continues to drag out let me be honest with you I think the numbers are far too soft I think -- -- few things we're getting right is the fact that.
You're gonna see a huge amount of casually coming out of this over the next I -- I think the numbers for this -- soft I think they're soft now.
But what that said I think this is indicating.
That the resistance movement and what we're talking about something you know you know -- talked about this probably over a dozen times now.
Is is actually getting some Obama.
And I really attribute a lot of the momentum that they're seeing now Jonathan coming from the assassination of defence minister.
A few weeks ago I think that really -- folks -- an additional defections from their ranks I believe today.
The ambassador of Syria -- to London to England actually defected.
You're seeing more and more of this so I think it's it's this is this is gonna sound all horrible but.
This is really kind of the way it should work you should have a continuation of popular uprising people defecting from these ranks rather than a foreign -- force.
Insinuating itself in the situation but I do you see this going to be a very bloody battle over the next that probably another ten days -- And -- we we've heard that -- The US is helping get communications equipment it's always -- -- -- -- is nonlethal equipment to the rebels.
-- nations would pretty would pretty confident off surprise supplying weapons.
Is is -- significant baffled at this battle is taking place in 110 not so far from the Turkish border a place way if we are getting any kind of equipment to them.
It's easier to get it to them that that it would -- down in Damascus.
Our our mutual friend Catherine -- broke a story on this issue about two weeks ago by the fact that she discovered that the C I was actually working with the Turkish intelligence folks.
To quote -- give.
-- non lethal support so no I don't think I don't believe in coincidence for a minute.
I think what you're seeing here is -- beginning of a real orchestrated move forward let me say something else here assuming us we should be doing which is not -- and being involved -- -- helpful.
We should help the resistance establish a government an extension.
A group of dissidents who were outside.
Who can come together and start actually it's functioning as they -- replacement government.
To do two things give a cohesive voice to these folks if we're actually communicating via proxy we could probably do this pretty well secondly.
I think we need to have a human voice given to all these atrocities I mean Jonathan I think.
People don't understand the level of death here of children of of women.
Of non combat wounds and I think this is something else would which would help give.
-- essentially -- a feature.
Two right now what is an amorphous just.
I'm not a death going.
Yeah I'd say it's hot obviously.
-- the the other day it's not the only crack -- the military one but the communications crack down president aside making it very difficult.
For journalists to operate in -- right or anybody to get pictures -- and some of our colleagues have been killed in trying to.
Trying to do that I -- buttons do you.
Do you think that that we that we talked about this is well I tell the genie is out of the ball there's no way that a sad can survive but at in this climate candy that the -- the rebels -- suddenly gonna pack up and go away now.
Now know all but if you I think we've said several times and I think I I I know our sister are here with you that the the UN effort.
The Kofi Annan ever was going to fail clearly that is way past failure.
All we need to look at here is what will happen next an enemy it's for let me do a little -- -- propped up for a consultation here are but that was.
Let's -- is that what was really gonna probably happen first I think.
You're looking at some some military action fully into the WMD.
I've been told from for several my friends decide that that we are looking at military options not to do an invasion.
Not to do what John McCain said but there's great concern about there that -- the did that this stockpiles of BX and mustard gas of them of -- WW MD.
So I think.
If you're audience wants to Google operation orchard.
I would look at that being an option on the table to go after some very precise site so operation orchard was.
The taking out of the North Korean nuclear reactor back in 2007 so.
I see that possibly being on -- table -- -- thing despite the Russians.
You know basically.
Still supporting him I still think that we need to be working more closely with the Russians almost.
Going to -- And and and you know he's a very egotistical man I I think we need to be dealing with him regarding his ego here because I think ultimately.
They're gonna come -- come out on the wrong side of history so we need to be looking more -- -- pressure points.
Both militarily and diplomatically a -- of cart cup.
Could facilitate the collapse upon itself of the Asad regime -- -- think we can do short of military action I think that's where focus should should remain -- and we go forward.
Ambassador rice said quite plainly oft.
The the collapse of the lost.
Attempts to get -- and a resolution under the UN Security Council colonel.
That the US would look to ways to look at side of the UN can't combat is the UN now completely -- -- irrelevant in the in this area crisis.
Absolutely beyond irrelevant I think every time they said they were there are going to be successful in doing some -- the opposite happened so.
Only so many times can you say you've got it -- you got -- -- and then it goes completely the other way before you completely his credibility.
So I think that's where -- -- I think there are things we can do on the outside.
I guess that I think would -- be looking at trying to communicate directly with President Putin on on what's going on.
I think we need to be putting pressure via that the Turks on them I think NATO should be.
Standing by with the Turks unless they -- -- should go when I'm saying -- and any time a NATO aircraft such as the Turkish aircraft go down we should hit back I I just don't think there's any reason to not.
Defend the airspace of our allies.
But I don't believe for a minute we should be the ones putting troops on the ground again there's a lot of options out there.
I just I just don't know don't know if -- that -- current White House have been able to really put together cohesive plan to basically push all the pieces.
At the right time to actually facilitate moving the issue forward to actually help the Syrian people.
All right lieutenant colonel Tony Shaffer of the senate for advanced defense studies and -- of operation -- Dot com I can't say today cannot dot psychology there at colonel great to see her as always thank you very much thank you -- did all right I.