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Right some shocking claims about the stated the it's not regime in Syria the foreign minister of Syria former foreign minister -- prime minister excuse me says.
That the government only controls 30% of the country in the meantime rebel fighters claiming they shot down -- Syrian fighter jet amateur videotape -- it.
Were unable to verify this but it appears to show Syrian warplane -- Syrian state television says pilot ejected from -- function stumbled in his Hollywood disaster in the United Nations -- Fox News contributor thanks for being with us.
They're now -- Former prime minister who defected from Syria.
He says the Asad regime is about to collapse.
That he only controls about 30% of the country what do you make of that.
Well I think the -- regime is in deep trouble there's no no dispute there.
But his staying power frankly has surprise me and I attributed to the support that Russia China and Iran in particular have provided the regime as long as they.
That continue to give arms and ammunition in the case of Iran officers from the Revolutionary Guards corps and from Hezbollah the terrorist group -- -- -- -- Aside has force multiplier is that allow him to stay in power.
And and they have paid no price for their support for aside as secretary of state Clinton said a few months ago and as long as that goes on.
I think -- can hang on Secretary Clinton continues to push for international pressure.
Right or wrong.
Well it be great to have more pressure on -- side but you have to pressure the people who are supporting him -- she rightly said.
Russia for example had not paid a price.
This administration hasn't done a thing.
To make Russia pay that price so.
I think it's unlikely -- sad to say but unlikely that the situation on the ground is gonna change.
Until the external strategic reality that serious -- changes as well and that means finding a way to split Russia China and Iran off from a side.
To hasten the departure of aside the rebels are big -- For a no fly zone to protect them.
Secretary Panetta secretary of defense says that's not on the front burner should -- I don't think so for two reasons one even after eighteen months we still cannot identify opposition leaders military or political.
That we can count on to behave according to our standards once -- side is -- and I think.
The last thing we want to do is see.
People who have been received our assistance conducting a bloodbath against Allah whites Christians and -- number two I think it should be an absolute.
Pre condition for any substantial American assistance that the opposition agree.
To eliminate Syria is programs and chemical biological and nuclear weapons and make sure that they don't.
Fall into the hands of terrorists like al-Qaeda or has a lot.
And we haven't been -- to insist on that either so I I'm I'm still opposed to aiding the rebels.
And -- read about it in a column today entitled losing ground in in the least you can read about it in the New York Post on line ambassador John -- always good to see -- excellent.
Thank you very much.
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