Syrian rebels urge US to offer more help
Warn that extremists could gain influence
- Duration 3:48
- Date Aug 3, 2012
Warn that extremists could gain influence
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Right now new questions about US involvement in Syria and the president President Obama signing an order directing the CIA and other agencies to help the Syrian opposition.
The -- stopped short of sending arms lethal arms to the rebels after sixteen months of violence an estimated 20000 people have died in the uprising.
An opposition groups reportedly are starting to resent the -- standing by wall Syrians are being slaughtered -- big question what now.
Design is that research fellow at the foundation for defense of democracies specializes in this region so Tony what now what do we do well.
I mean essentially the same situation has been going on now for several months when although the Obama administration pursued.
And diplomatic option that wasn't really an option this was going to be a fight for the finish from the from the get go and the United States has a strategic objective in Syria which is the eradication of the Assad -- whose Iran's strategic ally of several decades.
And that it should be doing all it can to make sure that that outcome comes about.
And does that include what -- I would say yes I mean ultimately.
-- has to pick sides and we are definitely not on -- outside and we have to be giving.
For those who oppose -- and are seeking to depose him the means to do so.
You know it's interesting -- -- were taking a look at some history -- for context in this story.
And back in ninth the 191980.
-- -- father.
People in the city of Hamas to this -- happen before we talk about the numbers today Tony and they're certainly big.
But this is actually happen in Syria before and the United States -- get involved then so why is now different.
The offender in the -- this is a family that's been ruling Syria forty years and it's a minority -- part of a minority -- -- Syria and the way it has kept Syria together is through violence but the thing is the violence that this family has.
Exercise is not only against its own people it's not only against its neighbors be in Lebanon -- in Jordan and Israel.
It's also actually against US.
Servicemen and women not just in Lebanon but also more recently in in Iraq where this regime has facilitated.
The axis of the foreign fighters coming into Iraq to kill Americans.
So that the history of this family is definitely soaked with blood and it's not only Syrian blood it's also American blood.
So it sounds like you're saying we need to start talking about.
Aside as an annual.
He has always been an enemy of the United States there's no question about that and there's a reason why he's been not has Syria under a death -- has been.
Under the on the terrorism -- -- sponsor of terrorism list since 1979 I mean they have supported every sort of terrorism.
Direct that against the west against Israel against other allies in the region since the list was formed in 97 you know.
Tony quick thoughts on this is well in the United Nations right now at this time is aids -- taking another.
Look another vote as a as a resolution.
Against Syria doesn't include.
The resignation of the -- you're seeing some live pictures on our screen out the general assembly discussing that's what role if any does the UN have to play now.
At this point I don't think the United Nations really has any any possibility playing year old I mean especially with the the Russian veto being the way it is Russia has interests.
In Syria that hard.
Diametrically opposed to hours and the idea that we can somehow reach an agreement with the with the Russians on on this.
Has been -- -- in my opinion fantasy in my opinion from from the get go.
So I think united nations Security Council has been largely irrelevant from the outset and -- that the for the fact of the Obama administration.
Decided that that's the only route it's gonna go.
Suggest as many have.
Propose that this is the way for the administration to appear as it's as though it's doing something without actually having to do anything.
Sixteen months and we wonder -- went.
In the change comes will -- cup.
I Tony thank you so much for your insights today thing.